Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along
Sondheim's semi-autobiographical musical turns back the clock on friendship and the high price of success.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Concert Selections for Merrily We Roll Along

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • FRANKLIN SHEPARD, INC
    From
    MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    E
    Estimated duration
    8 min 20 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 5 Bass, 3 Drum(percussion), 1 Synthesizerm 1 Piano, 2 Piano Conductor
  • NOT A DAY GOES BY
    From
    MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    F
    Estimated duration
    4 min
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Reed 5, 1 Horn , 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 3 Percussion, 1 Guitar, 1 Keyboard 1, 1 Keyboard 2, 2 Piano/Conductor
  • NOT A DAY GOES BY (SYMPHONIC SONDHEIM)
    From
    MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    CONCERT/SYMPHONIC ARRANGEMENT (INSTRUMENTAL)
    Arranged for
    INSTRUMENTAL
    Starting Key
    Ab
    Estimated duration
    2 min 25 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Arranged by
    SEBESKY, DON
    Instrumentation
    1 Flute 1, 1 Flute 2, 1 Oboe, 1 English horn, 1 Clarinet 1, 1 Clarinet 2, 1 Bassoon 1, 1 Bassoon 2, 1 Horn 1, 1 Horn 2, 1 Horn 3, 1 Horn 4, 1 opt.Horn 5, 9 Violin 1, 8 Violin 2, 7 Viola, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 2 Percussion, 1 Harp, 1 Celete(Piano), 1 Conductor score
  • OLD FRIENDS
    From
    MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 2 MALE VOICES
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    10 min 25 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Clarinet), 2 Reed 2(Oboe), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet), 1 Reed 4(Bass Clarinet), 2 Reed 5(Bassoon), 1 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 2 Percussion, 1 Guitar, 1 Keyboard 1(Piano), 1 Keyboard 2, 2 Piano Conductor, 3 Chorus books
  • OLD FRIENDS / LIKE IT WAS
    From
    MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 1 MALE VOICE
    Starting Key
    D
    Estimated duration
    5 min 25 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(flute), 1 Reed 2(english horn), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet), 1 Reed 4(bass clarinet), 1 Reed 5(clarinet), 1 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, Percussion, 1 Guitar, 1 Keyboard 1(piano), 2 Piano Conductor, 2 Chorus books
  • OPENING DOORS
    From
    MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 2 MALE VOICES, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    G
    Estimated duration
    10 min 52 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Trumpet 1, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trumpet 2, 1 Trombone, 5 Bass, 3 Drum(percussion), 1 Synthesizer, 25 Chorus books, 1 Full Score
  • OUR TIME
    From
    MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    1 FEMALE VOICE, 2 MALE VOICES, CHORUS
    Starting Key
    Db
    Estimated duration
    9 min 15 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1(Flute), 1 Reed 2(Oboe), 1 Reed 3(Clarinet 1), 1 Reed 4(Clarinet 2), 1 Reed 5(Bassoon), 1 Horn, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 1 Tuba, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 2 Percussion 1&2, 1 Guitar, 1 Keyboard 1, 1 Keyboard 2, 2 Piano Conductor, 25 Chorus books
  • OVERTURE ("MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG")
    From
    MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Estimated duration
    8 min 42 sec
    Music by
    STEPHEN SONDHEIM
    Orchestrated by
    JONATHAN TUNICK
  • RICH AND HAPPY
    From
    MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Arranged for
    CHORUS (Featured Solos)
    Starting Key
    C
    Estimated duration
    13 min 40 sec
    Music by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Lyrics by
    SONDHEIM, STEPHEN
    Orchestrated by
    TUNICK, JONATHAN
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Reed 2, 1 Reed 3, 1 Reed 4, 1 Reed 5, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trumpet 3, 1 Trombone, 1 Tuba, 1 Horn, 6 Cello, 5 Bass, 1 Guitar, 3 Percussion 1&2, 2 Piano Conductor, 1 Piano, 1 Keyboard 1, 1 Keyboard 2, 25 Chorus books
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