“Merrily We Roll Along” at NENA Productions Theater Project

“Merrily We Roll Along”
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth

In this legendary musical by Sondheim and Furth, we witness the rise of filmmaker Franklin Shepard and his two best friends -- from cold-water-flat artists to fame and fortune on Broadway stages and Hollywood screens -- and the heartbreaking series of personal compromises that get them there. The thrill is, the story is told backwards, starting with Franklin's fabulous but empty success and leading us through the spiral of mistakes that contributed to his journey down the wrong path. Knowing full well the doom in store, we see Frank break with his best friends Mary and Charley, watch him take a mistress that will lead to a manipulative wife, and see his younger self infused with the idealism we know he later loses. It's a brilliant, poignant retrospective of the American Dream -- and how it went sour

Tickets are $20. For tickets and information, call 732-988-1007.

Performed by NENA Productions Theater Project
At Jersey Shore Arts Center
Performances ran
Friday, May 7, 2004 thru Sunday, May 16, 2004
Beth Spencer.... Charlotte Snow Nadjar
Charley Kringas.... Paul Zeller Has Bio
Dory.... Susan T. Bloir
Franklin Shepard.... Chris Tomaino Has Bio Has photo
Gussie Carnegie.... Sandra Liddy Has Bio
Jerome.... Michael Hazlett
Joe Josephson.... Arnold Teixeira
Mary Flynn.... Tara Wilson Beams
Meg Kincaid.... Tori Tschopp
Ru / Mary's Roommate.... Laura Meybohn Blustein
Scotty.... Anthony Vitalo
Terry.... Benjamin Rindner
The Photographer.... Anna Olineck
Tyler.... Dan Beams
Note: These recording are not of the productions list here, but of Broadway or Hollywood versions.