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This film from acclaimed theater director Lonny Price charts the journey of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" in the 30-plus years since the musical debuted on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in 1981.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jason Alexander
Donna Marie Asbury Donna Marie Asbury ... Herself
Jim Bonkosky Jim Bonkosky ... Himself
David Cady David Cady ... Himself
Liz Callaway
Terry Finn ... Herself
George Furth ... Himself (archive footage)
Steven Jacob Steven Jacob ... Himself
Ann Morrison Ann Morrison ... Herself
Tonya Pinkins ... Herself
Abigail Pogrebin Abigail Pogrebin ... Herself
Lonny Price ... Himself
Daisy Prince Daisy Prince ... Herself
Harold Prince ... Himself
Forrest Ray Forrest Ray ... Himself
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This film from acclaimed theater director Lonny Price charts the journey of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" in the 30-plus years since the musical debuted on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in 1981.

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Dreams don't die.

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Time: A Documentary About Growing Up See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,490, 18 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,005, 6 January 2017
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Trivia

Toward the end of this documentary, the director/narrator Lonny Price gives overviews of several of its subjects' life and career paths (including Ann Morrison [Mary Flynn], Jim Walton [Franklin Shepard], Jason Alexander [Joe], Terry Finn [Gussie], and himself [Charley Kringas]) after "Merrily We Roll Along" closed. However, Price doesn't mention the subsequent careers of two of the show's most successful cast members: Tonya Pinkins (Gwen Wilson) and Giancarlo Esposito (Valedictorian). Although she was interviewed for the documentary, the fact that Pinkins has had a successful Broadway career in plays and musicals like The Wild Party and Radio Golf, was nominated for two Tony Awards, and has won one all went unmentioned. And Esposito, whose extensive film and television career has ranged from Do the Right Thing to The Usual Suspects to Breaking Bad, was not interviewed. See more »

Soundtracks

Old Friends
from Merrily We Roll Along
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Paul Gemignani, Ann Morrison and Jim Walton
copyright 1981
Courtesy: Sony Masterworks by arrangement
with Sony Music Licensing
Warner/Chappell, by arrangement with
Warner Group Licensing
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