The acclaimed singing actress, who will also host the annual Broadway Backwards concert Feb. 22 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, recently told Playbill.com, "[The musical is] by the Sherman Brothers but certainly different than Mary Poppins. I'm very excited about it. I've been wanting to go back to Broadway for a long time. It's my first love, and I just love the piece. . . . It's called MerryGoRound. It's just wonderful." Henderson said rehearsals will likely begin in July with a possible Broadway bow in September.
No official announcement about the production has been made.
In May 2007 Playbill.com reported Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, the composing team currently represented on Broadway by the Tony-nominated musical Mary Poppins, had penned a new musical entitled MerryGoRound.
In a statement at that time Richard Sherman said, "Bob and I learned from the master — Walt Disney. He once told us, early on in our career, 'Don't insult the kid — don't write down to the kid. And don't write just for the adult.' So we write for grandpa and the four-year-old and everyone in between — and all see it on a different level."
According to merrygoroundthemusical.com, the show "takes place in the moment between life and death. It's the story of a young man who, believing his existence is meaningless, attempts to end his life. He is saved by his estranged father who persuades him to travel back in his memories via a magic lantern to discover the truth behind various events in his past, to convince him to change his mind and 'stay on board' the merry-go-round of life." On Broadway Henderson was seen in Wish You Were Here, Fanny and The Girl Who Came to Supper, and she also starred in the national tour of The Sound of Music. Best known as Carol Brady on TV's "The Brady Bunch," Henderson's other screen credits include "The Love Boat," "Glitter," "Finder of Lost Loves," "Murder, She Wrote," "Roseanne," "Ally McBeal" and "For Heaven's Sake." She was a co-host of NBC's "Later Today," and was recently seen in the film "Venus and Vegas."
The Sherman Brothers penned the scores for such movie musicals as "Mary Poppins," "101 Dalmatians," "Winnie the Pooh," "The Jungle Book," "The Aristocats" and "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang." Their theatre credits include Over Here, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins. They also wrote the most-played song on Earth, "It's a Small World (After All)," the tune that plays on a continual, multilingual loop every few minutes at Disney theme parks across the world.
Playbill.com will feature a full interview with Florence Henderson Feb. 12.