A performance of Merrily We Roll Along on December 26 did not roll along as planned, as a delay caused patrons to wait in the audience for an hour before the show was ultimately cancelled. The cold front that caused chaos across the Northeast during the holiday weekend led to necessary production equipment freezing. Although the show was not able to go on, a talkback could.
Merrily stars Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, and Lindsay Mendez banded together to provide audiences with an experience they could still take home, standing on stage in full costume as they took questions from the crowd.
The moment the bad-then-somewhat-glad news was delivered can be seen in a video uploaded to TikTok. "Despite everybody's best efforts, and believe me, huge best efforts are being made, we do not have an immediate solution on hand," Radcliffe said to the audience. Then, the trio was met with excited noises from the crowd as Groff added: "We have a little bit of time before we have to get out of mics and costumes, so we thought if you have any questions for us. Do you wanna tell us what you got for Christmas?"
Audience questions ranged from asking about the production to the stars' pre-show rituals. And the trio were happy to oblige. When asked if doing the same show from day to day ever gets old, Groff expressed nothing but unwavering enthusiasm: "I'm like an addict. I might be the saddest person in the theatre tonight that the show isn't happening. I was driving from Pennsylvania ... this morning, and I might've listened to Merrily in the car."
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Merrily We Roll Along resumed performances the following day, December 27, without issue. The Stephen Sondheim and George Furth-penned production runs off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop through January 22, 2023.
The show follows three friends over 20 years of their adult lives, and the sacrifices they make to achieve success. A Broadway run of the production—with Radcliffe, Groff, and Mendez reprising their roles—has been announced for fall 2023.
The cast for the Off Broadway production includes Sherz Aletaha, Krystal Joy Brown, Katie Rose Clarke, Leana Rae Concepcion, Carter Harris, Colin Keane, Corey Mach, Talia Robinson, Reg Rogers, Jamila Sabares-Klemm, Brian Sears, Christian Strange, Vishal Vaidya, Natalie Wachen, and Jacob Keith Watson.
Four-time Olivier winner Maria Friedman directs the production, which features choreography by Tim Jackson, music supervision by Catherine Jayes, music direction by Alvin Hough, Jr., scenic and costume design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, sound design by Kai Harada, and fight and intimacy direction by Dave Anzuelo. Casting is by Jim Carnahanand Jason Thinger, with additional casting by Taylor Williams. Jhanaë K-C Bonnick serves as stage manager.