January 26 – March 11

Box Office Phone: 773-777-9884 — Box Office Hours

Set over three decades of friendship and business, the landmark musical Merrily We Roll Along charts the highs and lows of a relationship among three very close friends. Starting from adulthood and traveling back in time to the idealistic intentions of youth, this powerful and emotionally moving story of looking at your life from the vantage point of having lived it features some of Stephen Sondheim’s best known songs including “Good Thing Going,” “Not a Day Goes By” and “Old Friends.”

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Merrily We Roll Along Special Events


See The Original 1934 Play!

For ONE NIGHT ONLY! Join Porchlight and the cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along as we present the original 1934 Broadway play, Merrily We Roll Along, which inspired the musical! Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, this fully staged reading also features a special “Behind The Show Backstory” presentation by Porchlight Artistic Director Michael Weber. 

Wednesday, February 21 – 7:30pm Learn More


Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened

See the Award-Winning Documentary – FREE!

Merrily We Roll Along opened to enormous fanfare in 1981, and closed after sixteen performances. For the first time, “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened” draws back the curtain on the extraordinary drama of the show’s creation—and tells the stories of the hopeful young performers whose lives were transformed by it.

Directed by Porchlight Advisory Board Member Lonny Price, who played “Charley” in the original cast, the film is a bittersweet meditation on the choices we all make, and the often unexpected consequences of those choices—through success and failure. Featuring exclusive appearances by Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Jason Alexander, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Guettel, Frank Rich and the original Broadway cast of Merrily We Roll Along.

BUT THERE’S MORE!
The screening includes pre-film performances of musical numbers from Merrily and post-film discussion with audience and Porchlight cast members.

Tuesday, February 13 – 7:30pm

The Ruth Page Center for the Arts

To RSVP, call the Porchlight box office, 773.777.9884 or email BoxOffice@PorchlightMusicTheatre.org.


Post-Performance Conversation

Thursday, Feb. 22 – Following the 7:30 p.m. performance
The Ruth Page Center for the Arts

Meet the cast of Merrily We Roll Along as they share their experiences from this Sondheim production and answer audience questions. The Post-Performance Conversation is free and open to the public.


The cast of Merrily We Roll Along includes Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Associate Matt Crowle (Charley Kringas), Jim DeSelm (Franklin Shephard), Neala Barron (Mary Flynn), Keely Vasquez (Gussie Carnegie), David Fiorello (Joe Josephson), Aja Wiltshire (Beth), and ensemble including Kyrie Anderson (Make-up Artist), Larry Baldacci (Mr. Spencer), Katherine Condit (Scotty), Christopher Davis (Terry), Andrés Enriquez (Tyler), Frederick Harris (Jerome), Michelle Jasso (K.T.), Bernell Lassai (Bunker / TV Newsman), Cisco Lopez (Minister), Alana Lovely (Meg / TV Newswoman), Khaki Pixley(Dory / Girl Auditioning), Jonathan Stombres (Ru/ Nightclub Pianist), Liz Norton (Mrs. Spencer) and Zachary Fewkes and Asher Schenk alternating the role of Franklin Shepard, Jr.

Musicians for Merrily We Roll Along include Tony Scandora (percussion), Jackson Kidder (bass), Matt Beck (reeds #1: flute, oboe, clarinet, alto sax), Lara Regan (reeds #2: clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, bass clarinet), Jered Montgomery (trumpet) and Matt Kowalski (trombone).

Members of the creative/production team of Merrily We Roll Along include Michael Weber (director)Christopher Pazdernik (associate director/musical staging), Aaron Benham (music Director, conductor, pianist), Bill Morey (costume designer), Anthony Churchill (projection designer),  Jeff Kmiec (co-scenic designer), Greg Pinsoneault (co-scenic designer), Robert Hornbostel (sound designer), Rachel West (master electrician), Alex Rhyan (production manager), Johnnie Schleyer (technical director) and Matt McMullen(stage manager).

Special thanks to David B. Brode whose gift helps underwrite the directors’ work.

Getting Here

Ruth Page Center for the Arts 1016 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60610

Directions

Ruth Page Center for the Arts

1016 N. Dearborn St.  Chicago, IL 60610
(2-1/2 blocks south of Division St. and 4-1/2 blocks north of Chicago Ave.)

Public Transportation

The Ruth Page Center is easily accessible by bus (#22, #36, #70 and #156*) and “L” train (Red Line Clark & Division stop), visit the CTA website to plan your trip and for the most up-to-date information! *Please note the #156 LaSalle does not operate after 7:30/8:10pm, or on weekends or holidays.