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Merrily We Roll Along 
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Post Merrily We Roll Along
I was wondering if anyone had any help like the synopsis, sheet music, music, audition advice. I can't find anything on it! Any help would be great!


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Okay, lemme try.

Merrily We Roll Along tells the story of Franklin Shepard and his friends, Charley Kringas and Mary. Franklin Shepard used to be a composer of Broadway musicals, but is now a jaded producer who makes lazy movies.

The show goes back in time, showing the development (and end) of Frank's friendships and relationships. It's something of a downer.

As far as sheet music, "The Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology" has a few songs - Soprano Volume 1 has "Not a Day Goes By," which Beth sings when Frank divorces her. "Now You Know" is in one of the Belter Volumes, 1 or 2, not sure, which Mary sings at the end of Act I. And Baritone/Bass Volume 2 has "Good Thing Going," which is sung by Charley.

The three leads are Frank, Charley, and Mary. Frank and Charley are both baritenors, I think, and Mary is a mezzo-belter. There are also three other, smaller principles, being Joe, a producer (I think he's a baritone), Gussie, Joe's wife who eventually marries Frank (a belter), and Beth, who is also married to Frank at some point (a soprano).

I would suggest looking at some songs from Company or Anyone Can Whistle for audition material.

More detailed plot synopsis and some song clips can be found here:

http://www.mtishows.com/show_detail.asp?showid=000051


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The show was the worlds best failure. The songs are like ripples in a lake. They carry on through time and never quit.

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Post MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
Please,Hello wrote:
The show was the world's best failure. The songs are like ripples in a lake. They carry on through time and never quit.

What a fantastic way to put it. The score is indeed a wonderful one and the original cast recording has such an amazing energy about it. I still miss "Rich and Happy" in the revised version, although I understand completely why it was replaced. I just love "Rich and Happy" so much.

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Post Re: Merrily We Roll Along
What exactly was wrong with Merrily's book?

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