Tony Award-winning director John Doyle, who has previously staged Broadway revivals of Stephen Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD and COMPANY has just directed the composer-lyricist's musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park which runs through March 31 and opened at the beginning of March.
Today in the New York Post, Michael Riedel reports that composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim has been "raving about it to friends ever since" and that "I hear several New York producers, including Richard Frankel, who produced 'Sweeney Todd,' have gone out to take a look. As for Sondheim, one of his associates says: 'Steve was very pleased. If there’s going to be a revival of ‘Merrily’ on Broadway next season, it’s going to be this one.'"
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Starring in MERRILY are Malcolm Gets, Daniel Jenkins and Becky Ann Baker. The cast also features Jane Pfitsch as Beth, Leenya Rideout as Gussie Carnegie, Jessica Wright as K.T., Matt Castle as Scotty, David Garry as Jerome, Bruce Sabath as Joe, Lee Harrington as Meg, Fred Rose as Tyler, Matthew Deming as Ru and Ben Diskant as Frank Jr.
The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is where Doyle debuted his actor-musician production of Sondheim and George Furth's COMPANY which transferred to Broadway in 2006. The production earned Doyle the Tony Award for Best Revival and a nomination for Best Direction.