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Sondheim/Furth "Merrily" in Movie Theaters in October

By Rich Heldenfels Published: September 16, 2013

The official word: Bringing London’s renowned West End theater culture to select U.S. cinemas this fall, NCM Fathom Events, CinemaLive and Digital Theatre present Maria Friedman’s award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s “Merrily We Roll Along” on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. local time. This one-night cinema event will also feature 20 minutes of exclusive backstage content including interviews with cast, crew and special guests.

Presented in 460 select movie theaters around the country [including Montrose Movies 12 in Akron, Cinemark Tinseltown in North Canton and Severance 14 in Cleveland Heights] through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network, tickets for “Merrily We Roll Along” are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“This production of ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ is not only the best I've seen, but one of those rare instances where casting, direction and show come together in perfect combination, resulting in the classic ideal of the sum being greater than the parts,” said Stephen Sondheim.

With music and lyrics by renowned American composer and lyricist Sondheim and book by George Furth, “Merrily We Roll Along” transferred to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre following a sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The production received more five-star reviews than any other musical in West End history and won the 2012 Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.

Starting in 1980 and travelling backwards in time, this powerful and moving story – an emotionally charged journey through the lives of three friends – features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs including “Good Thing Going,” “Not a Day Goes By” and “Old Friends.” Triple Oliver Award-winner Maria Friedman makes a thrilling directorial debut with this vibrant, full-scale production with an exceptional cast led by Mark Umbers, Jenna Russell and Damian Humbley.

Sondheim was recently awarded one of the top honours in the arts world: the Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement. He has won an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards, eight Grammy Awards, six Olivier Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oliver Special Award and the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

“’Merrily We Roll Along’brings the West End to America’s big screens in a truly wonderful and vibrant way,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Theatre fans will be wowed by this superb production.”

“Merrily We Roll Along” has been awarded five star reviews by numerous respected UK media. The Independent raved, “It is, make no mistake, one of the great musical productions of this or any era.” The Daily Telegraph described the production as “Hugely witty, tunefully inventive and brightly entertaining.” The Metro asserts, “It’s impossible not to be moved.”  The Sunday Express stated it is “Stunningly performed” and the Daily Express labels it, “Musical theatre at its most sophisticated.” The musical debuted on Broadway during the 1981 season and appeared as an Off-Broadway revival in 1994.

“Merrily We Roll Along” was produced in the West End by Chocolate Factory Productions, Neal Street Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, Bob Bartner & Norman Tulchin, Debbie Bisno, Scott M. Delman, Just for Laughs Theatricals, Tanya Link.

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