Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along certainly has a happy ending...but, the ending is actually the beginning.


Available Light Theatre has brought us a fabulous production of this musical, which features a story by George Furth and original music by Stephen Sondheim.

Merrily We Roll Along follows the career of Franklin Shepard backwards, from his time as a Hollywood movie producer to his more humble beginnings as young, idealistic songwriter. Frank and his friends Charley and Mary go on a journey through the past to find out just what made them the people they are in the present.

I attended the show last week and have to say that it was an amazing experience. I was enthralled by the excellent music and I enjoyed the lyrics, all sung beautifully by the Available Light cast. My girlfriend, who has far more experience in the musical theater than I do, remarked, "It's hard to do Sondheim, let alone do Sondheim well." Available Light makes this musical great.

Need more convincing? Check out this review from The Columbus Dispatch ("frankly, it's a hit"), or this one from Metromix Columbus ("a stellar Columbus premiere").

There are only seven showtimes left, and seats are filling fast. The cost is as reasonable as it gets - you pay what you want.