Deconstructing Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along
January 8 and January 22, 2018
Producer: Bruce Hennes
Director: Martin Friedman
Musical Director: Jordan Cooper
Description: In February, Dr. Martin Friedman, well-known in Cleveland theater circles for frequently directing Stephen Sondheim musicals, will direct Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along at Lakeland Civic Theater, a professional production featuring some of Cleveland’s best-known actors.
But in January, Merrily comes to the Nighttown stage when Friedman, adjunct theater professor at Lakeland Community College and Baldwin Wallace, will deliver a “Master Class” on why this musical that so many thought was destined for success flopped on Broadway after only 11 performances – and why over the last 30 years it’s become one of Sondheim’s most beloved musicals.
The Nighttown “Master Class” includes music director Jordan Cooper and Lakeland cast members performing several songs from Merrily.