Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Nov 23 - Dec 18

The Wallis and Cody Lassen production of


music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim    
book by George Furth
directed by Michael Arden
Whitney Bashor, Wayne Brady, Aaron Lazar, Saycon Sengbloh, Amir Talai, Donna Vivino
with Eric B. Anthony, Sandy Bainum, Melody Butiu, Doran Butler, Max Chucker, Sarah Daniels, Kevin Patrick Doherty,
Laura Dickinson, Rachael Ferrera, Jennifer Foster, Travis Leland, Lyle Colby Mackston, Brent Schindele, Maximus Brandon Verso

There will be an ASL interpreted performance on Saturday, December 10 at 2:00pm. Click here to purchase tickets to that performance.
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Michael Arden, who brilliantly re-imagined The Wallis and Deaf West Theatre's production of Spring Awakening that received rave reviews on Broadway, directs this rarely staged Stephen Sondheim (Into the WoodsSweeney ToddWest Side Story) musical. Merrily We Roll Along travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history among three friends - Franklin, Charlie and Mary - who begin their in careers in show business together. The powerful and moving story, based on the Kaufman and Hart play, features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs including "Good Thing Going," "Our Time" and "Not a  Day Goes By". 

“Classic Sondheim, with rich insightful lyrics that capture the emotional ache of love and loss, and gorgeous melodies that haunt you long after you’ve heard them sung on stage.” – Broadway World
“Director Michael Arden has put together an award-winning ensemble and directs with the same intensity and creativity as he did in Spring Awakening.” – LA West Media

“Magnificent … a really spectacular production.” – Santa Monica Daily Press
“Arden’s production dazzles with its deft handling of the material, its beautiful staging, and it’s top-flight production values.” – Stage Raw
“WOW! Sondheim revivals don’t get any more brilliant than Michael Arden’s Merrily We Roll Along at The Wallis!” – StageSceneLA
“Michael Arden has given Merrily We Roll Along a galvanizing shot in the arm with his imaginative staging.” – TotalTheater.com

“Brilliantly sung by a talented cast … Sondheim’s score makes it a show worth hearing and appreciating.” – The Wrap

"A first-class production with an outstanding cast. GO!" - Performing Arts Live

“Merrily We Roll Along is like a safe stuffed with jewels … Sondheim’s songs are the priceless heirlooms inside.”  - Los Angeles Times

**** (4 stars) "Brilliant … it’s a hit!" – Daily News

“ A stellar production.  For any fan of Sondheim, this show is a must-see.” – On Stage & Screen

“It’s a hit, it’s a hit, it’s a hit!” – Gia On the Move

Michael Arden, man of the moment in L.A. theater, stages a revival of a famously 'troubled' musical - Los Angeles Times


Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission

Credits And Artist Information

Read the program notes here

Read an interview with Wallis Artist-in-Residence Michael Arden here.

This production is made possible by generous support from the Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur Levine Family Foundation and Montage Beverly Hills.