Merrily We Roll Along (with Kyle Marshall)


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Not a day goes by without us missing Broadway and live theater, but we've got a good thing going as we're back with our first episode of 2021 to talk about Merrily We Roll Along with Kyle Marshall, host of the Putting It Together podcast!


Check out Putting It Together, where Kyle deconstructs each Sondheim show, song by song and line by line. You can also find Christine on it (most recently talking about "Remember?" from A Little Night Music and "In Buddy's Eyes" from Follies).

We talk a bit about the recent Fiasco production of Merrily, which reimagines the show, including the reinstatement of "Rich and Happy".

The original New York Times review was quite a pan and compares Merrily unfavorably to Betrayal (though Christine and Cindy found the opposite to be true).

Cindy's favorite rendition of "Franklin Shepard, Inc." is the one performed by Raul Esparza, despite the low-quality video.

Watch Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened on Netflix, detailing the process of putting together Merrily We Roll Along.

Christine's in favor of casting younger for Merrily, an opinion probably heavily influenced by this episode of The Original Cast podcast.

Soon (but not really), we'll be able to see what this show looks like with proper ages for each segment, as Richard Linklater is creating a film version over the next 20 years or so.

Christine mistakenly mentioned Ben Brantley as the one eulogizing Barcelona as a 3-act play, when it should've been Jesse Green.

Check out Flying Over Sunset, James Lapine's upcoming work, once Broadway comes back!


Music featured in this episode:

Merrily We Roll Along (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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Merrily We Roll Along (2012 New York Cast Recording)
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"Franklin Shepard Inc." sung by Euan Morton, from Sondheim on Sondheim (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
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