Daniel Radcliffe will return to the stage later this year in a new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s 1981 musical Merrily We Roll Along. Directed by Maria Friedman, and produced by her sister Sonia Friedman, the revival will run at New York Theatre Workshop and complete their 2022/23 season.
Radcliffe, who made his Broadway debut in the 2011 revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really, will play Charley, one of three longtime show business pals whose friendship is presented in reverse chronological order, from its sad dissolution to its hopeful beginning.
Since completing the final instalment in the series of eight Harry Potter films in 2010, Radcliffe has continued to prove himself a diverse talent on stage and screen. His stage credits include a revival of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, co-starring Alun Cumming and the 50th anniversary production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, both at the Old Vic Theater in London; the Donmar’s Broadway production of Privacy (2016); Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan in London and on Broadway; and The Lifespan of a Fact at Studio 54 Theatre with Bobby Cannavale, and Cherry Jones.
Based on the original play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, Merrily We Roll Along features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth. Joining Friedman on the creative team will be choreographer Tim Jackson. The production is co-produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, the Menier Chocolate Factory and Patrick Catullo. Full casting and creatives to be announced.
A West End transfer has not been announced at this stage.
Radcliffe will soon appear on screen inThe Lost City alongside Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum and recently wrapped production on the film Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.
Maia Friedman is currently starring in Maria Friedman & Friends – Legacy at the Menier Chocolate Factory, celebrating the brilliance of Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand and Stephen Sondheim.
Since his death last year aged 91, there has been much talk of Sondheim revivals and tributes both in London and New York. A tribute concert is planned in May at the Sondheim Theatre in London called Sonheim’s Old Friends and starring Judi Dench, Bernadette Peter, Hannah Waddingham and more; and Terry Gilliam is set to direct Sondheim’s Into the Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath before a hoped for West End transfer.