By Michael Gioia
and Mark Shenton
17 Oct 2013
|Photo by Tristram Kenton|
As previously announced, due to strong audience demand in New York City, an additional screening of the production has been added at the Ziegfeld Theatre. The Ziegfeld screening has added 1,000 tickets to the nearly-sold-out New York market, which may now be purchased in person only at the Ziegfeld box office, located at 141 West 54th Street.
The 7 PM screening from CinemaLive and Digital Theatre will also include backstage interviews with the cast. Tickets for the one-night-only screening at other theatres are currently on sale at Fathomevents.com.
Additional theatres in New York City showing the film are AMC Empire 25 (additional screening added), AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 and Regal Union Square Stadium 14.
"This production of Merrily We Roll Along is not only the best I've seen, but one of those rare instances where casting, direction and show come together in perfect combination, resulting in the classic ideal of the sum being greater than the parts," Sondheim said in a statement.
In April Digital Theatre, the U.K. company that partners with British theatre companies to capture live performances on screen in High Definition from multiple camera angles, joined forces with CinemaLive to make its catalog available for distribution to cinemas worldwide.
Merrily We Roll Along is the first project in the partnership to premiere in U.S. cinemas. (The company also filmed Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods, seen at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in 2010.)
The 1981 musical, which has a book by Furth and a score by Sondheim, is based on Kaufman and Hart's 1934 Broadway play. Merrily travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history of three friends who start their careers in show business together.
The West End leading trio of "Old Friends" included Mark Umbers as Franklin Shepard, Damian Humbley as Charley Kringas and Tony nominee Jenna Russell as Mary Flynn.
Also in featured roles are Clare Foster, Josefina Gabrielle, Glyn Kerslake and Zizi Strallen.
The creative team includes designs by Soutra Gilmour, lighting by David Hersey, sound design by Gareth Owen, musical supervision and direction by Catherine Jayes, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and choreography by Tim Jackson.
The West End revival was produced by Chocolate Factory Productions, Neal Street Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, Bob Bartner & Norman Tulchin, Debbie Bisno, Scott M. Delman, Just for Laughs Theatricals and Tanya Link.
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