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