Thursday September 21st 2017

“Merrily We Roll Along” comes to Palatine

merrilyLZP Productions presents the rare Sondheim musical Merrily We Roll Along to the Cutting Hall Theater April 1st through April 9th.

 

(Palatine, IL)- LZP Productions brings the musical “Merrily We Roll Along” (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth) to the Cutting Hall Theater, 150 E Wood Street, Palatine, IL, from April 1 through April 9.

Performances are: April 1, 7, and 8 at 8:00 pm

April 2 and 9 at 3:00 pm.

 

Advance tickets can be purchased for $20 for adults and $18 for seniors. Three dollars will be added if purchased at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please go to our website at www.cuttinghall.org. If you wish to reserve seats by phone, please call (847) 202-5222. Group rates are also available.

 

Director Morra Priess says, “”Merrily We Roll Along” has a poignant and emotional story about friendships and the importance of staying true to one’s ideals. The show travels back in time over the course of twenty years to reveal important life events of three close-knit friends.”

 

About Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along” begins with Franklin Shepherd (Terrence Sherrill), a dejected, yet famous movie producer, looking back on his life. The ensemble, as his conscience, reflects on his choices and asks, “How did you get to be here?” The show then takes the audience back in time, highlighting the important events that answer the question. We see Franklin’s initial dream of writing a smash hit musical with his two best friends Charley Kringas (Ken Priess) and Mary Flynn (Jessica Means) fall to the wayside as other relationships and opportunities present themselves. The show is a rare gem in the musical theatre world and includes Sondheim classics including “Now You Know”, “Our Time,” and the title song “Merrily We Roll Along.”

 

The cast includes Terrence Sherrill (Mount Prospect), Ken Priess (Lake Zurich), Jessica Means (Schaumburg), Francesca Sherrill (Mount Prospect), Julie Koerner (Northbrook), Peter Rasey (Chicago),  with an ensemble of Cristianna Formeller (Palatine), Josh  Formeller (Palatine), Madeline Franklin (Palatine), Tyler Callahan (Tower Lake), Alma Lumabas (Buffalo  Grove), Nathasha Laws (Buffalo Grove), Scott Skiple (Des Plaines), Rick Peter (Elk Grove Village), Kyle Downs (Long Grove), and Parker Sherrill (Mount Prospect). The orchestra includes Kenneth McMullen, Diane Hansen, Christian Moreno, Sean O’Donnell, Mike McCain, and Ian McGarrie. The production staff includes Morra Priess: Director (Lake Zurich), Kenneth McMullen: Music Director (Palatine).

 

LZP Productions is a repertory theatre company known for bringing rarely produced musicals to the suburbs at reasonable rates. LZP strives to produce high-quality shows that stretch the creative talents of their actors and staff.

Editor’s Note: Many years ago, I had the pleasure of working with this theater company for one show. At that time they used a different venue and now with Cutting Hall, they are in a better space with easy access. This is a Sondheim musical and worth seeing.

 

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