Merrily We Roll Along

Tue 8th – Sat 12th May 2012

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“Merrily We Roll Along is a tragedy about friendship, and the dangerous places life can lead you if you don’t follow your dreams.”

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Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC)

SUMMARY

Merrily We Roll Along is a tragedy about friendship, and the dangerous places life can lead you if you don’t follow your dreams. Moving backwards in time, it traces the lives of three friends – a composer, a lyricist and a novelist – via snapshots of the events made them who they are. For each fork in the road we see the consequences before the choice, the fruit before the tree. Through some of Sondheim’s most poignant and witty songs, we see how idealism and naiveté can give way to cynicism and isolation, how old friends can fade, and how growing up isn’t necessarily such a wise thing to do.

First written in 1980, and revised several times since. Merrily We Roll Along was Sondheim's second collaboration with Furth, the first being Company a decade earlier. It remained a commercial failure until the 1990s and 2000s, when it was revived several times to much acclaim, winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2001. It is an apt musical to be performed by students as really it is about us - our hopes, our ideals, our futures.

Admission: £10(£8) – £12(£10)

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