After being forced to shut down following its firsts previews in June due to increased COVID-19 lockdown measures in Sydney, Hayes Theatre Co has announced that Round 2 for Merrily We Roll Along will commence at their theatre starting 21 October 2021. The season will run for just over a month, with the final performance scheduled for 27 November 2021.
Tickets for the season are priced between $79.00 and $99.00. Tickets can be purchased either through the official Hayes Theatre Co website or contacting their box office team on (02) 8065 7337.
The lead cast will be resuming their roles, including Elise McCann (Matilda, Everybody Loves Lucy) as Mary Flynn, Ainsley Melham (Aladdin, Pippin) as Charley, and Andrew Coshan (Jersey Boys, MTC’s A View from the Bridge) as Franklin Shepard. Completing the cast are Georgina Hopson (Ragtime, West Side Story) as Gussie, Aaron Tsindos (Muriel’s Wedding, Shakespeare In Love) playing Joe, Tiarne Sue Yek as Beth, Evan Lever (Anything Goes, Muriel’s Wedding) playing Jerome, and Vidya Makan (Six, American Idiot) in the roles of KT and Meg.
The season is being presented by Luckiest Productions and Hayes Theatre Co, and features a creative team including director Dean Bryant, choreographer Andrew Hallsworth and musical director Andrew Worboys. They are joined by set designer Jeremy Allen, costume designer Mel Liertz, lighting designer Veronique Bennett and sound designer Dave Bergman.
Described by some as the “heartbreaker of Sondheim Musicals”, Merrily We Roll Along follows a trio of friends – composer Franklin Shepard, his writing partner lyricist Charley Kringas and upcoming novelist Mary Flynn. The three are primed to change the world through words and music, however success has a way of opening doors that take them further away from what – and who – they love. Famously told in reverse, Merrily We Roll Along is an emotional detective story that investigates how grown-up sellouts are forged from wide-eyed poets.