Little Triangle’s production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, this expertly directed musical, this exquisite musical gem has a just superb ensemble voice cast, all un-miked. Huge full scale sensational production, with young emerging Australian performers. Every performance is top-notch, in this detailed and atmospheric revival. Little Triangle have created a just pitch-perfect, impeccably acted musical production, in an intimate performance space.
Sondheim’s famous musical is at all times, a show-business satire, that delivers a shattering emotional journey covering the strained relationships between these three extremely close friends, Mary Flynn and Charley Kringas and Franklin (Frank) Shepard. Frank deconstructs the relationships with his first and second wives Beth and Gussie. Frank relives his life backwards over thirty years, from the 1970s back to the 1950s.
The oft told tale where cheaters always cheat, follow the shallow sophistication of one female Broadway star (Gussie Carnegie) who clawed her way to the top, multiple divorces, starts firstly with a nose job, then becoming the producer’s secretary and then his wife, and then of course Gussie dumps her husband to marry Frank. Wonderful choreography and effective minimalist sets, and the many era-specific costumes are all inspired choices.
The original Broadway production opened in 1981. MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, looks at wrong love choices and love compromises, and the shattered and collapsing dreams of its characters. Two musicians on keyboards and bass/cello elegantly and joyously deliver all of Sondheim’s always difficult music. Sondheim’s lyrical classics ‘Not A Day Goes By’ and ‘Good Thing Going’ and ‘Old Friends’ are heard at their best.
Producer: Rose McClelland Director: Alexander Andrews Music Director: Conrad Hamill Pianist: Antonio Fernandez Stage Manager: Chris Starnawski Costumes and Props: Mitchell Wassink Cast: Patrick Howard (Frank) Zach Selmes (Charley) Victoria Zerbst (Mary) Richard Woodhouse (Joe) Matilda Moran (Gussie) Shannen Sarstedt (Beth) Embla Bishop (Mrs. Spencer) Phoebe Clark (Meg), Blake Condon (Jerome) Victoria Luxton (Dory) Jesse Layt (Tyler) Tiegan Denina (K.T.) Caitlin Rose Harris (Scotty) Tayla Jarrett (Ru) Katelin Koprivec (Terry) Michael McPhee (Bunker)