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I'm one of the few people that can find things to like in even Sondheim's less successful shows, and Merrily is probably the one I enjoy most. So I welcome any revival/revision. That said, I've only heard the original version of the score, so I can't say too much about what's been revised between then and now, but I completely trust Sondheim and Lapine to make it work.

Now, just some general thoughts about the show: I find Merrily to be perhaps the riskiest of Sondheim's shows, because of the structure and I can imagine it being a tough sit for the audience. Though, it's probably his only failure that still managed to crank out several well-known standards. Also, it's always saddened me that the biggest problem with the show was the libretto. In Company, Furth wrote what I consider one of the top three best books of a musical, so what went wrong with Merrily? In Finishing the Hat, Sondheim is very vague on what made the book so mediocre, so I'd love to find out specifically what led to the constant revisions.

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I'm so excited for this. I think we're long overdue a good production of Merrily, and with Lapine at the helm and a cast of this calibre I wouldn't rule out a Broadway transfer.

I have to say, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Charley is one of the most exciting casting decisions I've seen in a very long time. I hope this freshness is shared by the whole production.

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Broadway transfer please?

Miranda as Charley is AMAZING. I'm really excited to see how that turns out.

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Just saw the production on Tuesday. AMAZING. It was truly wonderful. I found Celia Keenan-Bolger to be the best part, and though Miranda was honestly a bit out of place, he did a wonderful job. All 6 of the principals were wonderful, and the projections used to shape the time changes were highly effective. Go see it if you can!!

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