(Boston, MA) – The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along running April 28 through May 2 on the mainstage of the Boston University Theatre, in celebration of Sondheim’s eightieth birthday. For the first time, this production features acting and theatre arts majors from the BU School of Theatre as well as non-majors from other schools and colleges at the University. Merrily We Roll Along is based on the book by George Furth and the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. This production is directed by Jim Petosa and features Matthew Stern, music director; David Gram, book director; and Judith Chaffee, choreographer. A talkback with the director will follow both performances on Thursday, April 29.
The authors of the landmark Company reunite to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this compelling Broadway parable about friendship, compromise, and the high price of success. Merrily begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the life of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard as he transitions from a Broadway composer to a Hollywood producer, and abandons his two closest friends in the process. Merrily We Roll Along premiered on Broadway in 1981 and featured BU alumnus Jason Alexander in the role of Joe.
Petosa, who also serves as Director of the BU School of Theatre explains, “Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along has confounded critics and audiences for decades. Yet, the potency of its score and the emotional wallop of its climax continue to intrigue theatre artists, making it uniquely appropriate for college age actors.” He continues, “We’re pleased to provide Boston audiences with an opportunity to see this much-storied, but seldom performed, musical by the reigning American master of the art form.”
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.
Merrily We Roll Along was originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, and originally produced on Broadway by Lord Grade, Martin Starger, Robert Fryer and Harold Prince in association with Ruth Mitchell and Howard Haines. Merrily We Roll Along is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Tel.:212-541-4684 Fax:212-397-4684 www.mtishows.com.
AT A GLANCE
Merrily We Roll Along
April 28 – May 2, 2010
Book by George Furth
Jim Petosa, Director
Matthew Stern, Music Director
David Gram, Book Director
Judith Chaffee, Choreographer
Wednesday, April 28, 7:30pm
Thursday, April 29, 10:00am and 7:30pm
Friday, April 30, 8:00pm (ASL Interpreted)
Saturday, May 1, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 2, 2:00pm
Boston University Theatre
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Tickets: $12 general public; $10 BU alumni, students, senior citizens, Huntington subscribers, and WGBH members. BU community: One free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
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