Stephen Sondheim's Classic Musical Merrily We Roll Along
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The last date listed for Merrily We Roll Along was Friday March 24, 2006 / 8:00pm.
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The show was well-done as far as the acting and singing is concerned but I left at intermission because the subject content was filled with adultery, profanity, arguing and name-calling. That is not my concept of entertainment. It was the second...continued
Book by: George Furth
Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Music by: Stephen Sondheim
The authors of the landmark “Company” reunite to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success.
“Merrily We Roll Along” begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.
Stephen Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one’s ideals. Like “Company,” “Merrily We Roll Along” is a modest-sized show that crackles with the wit, humor and intensity that embody the spirit of New York City. With a brilliant “Broadway-style” score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavor, “Merrily We Roll Along” is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.
The La Habra Depot is thrilled to produce this classic musical, continuing on the rich success of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into The Woods” three seasons ago. “Merrily We Roll Along” promises to be the artistic highlight of the 2005-06 season.
About the Ticket Supplier: La Habra Depot TheatreThe La Habra Community Theatre began in 1976 as a Children's Theatre project of the City's newly established Cultural Arts Council. The first production was Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It was performed in La Habra High School's lecture hall since the city did not have a Community Performing Arts Facility.
At the same time, the 1909 Pacific Electric Depot building stood empty and in danger of demolition if it was not restored to a functional role in the community. Planning for its renovation as a Community Performing Arts Facility was initiated by the Mayor of La Habra and supported by the City Council as well as many community members. The "train station", or depot, was then moved across the street to its current location in Portola Park to integrate it into the master plan for the redevelopment of downtown La Habra.
Funding to restore the depot and convert it to a Theatre came largely from the Federal Government Restoration of Historical Landmarks. "The Depot" was declared Orange County Historical Landmark Site #14.
In January of 1980, the Children's Theatre project was expanded to incorporate adult theatre. Then, in July of 1982, the 100 members of the Community Theatre moved into the Depot Playhouse. The first performance in the restored building was the musical Oklahoma. On August 15, 1995 the Depot Playhouse became a non-profit tax-exempt organization and officially became know as Depot Theatre of La Habra. The theatre's board of directors and all production committees are comprised of community volunteers. The Depot Theatre is one of the few community organizations which functions without a single paid staff member.