Merrily We Roll Along


Theatre/Theater
July 7 - August 12, 2007
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The authors of the landmark "Company" reunite to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise and the high price of success.

 

"Merrily We Roll Along" begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer Franklin Shepard and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered.

 

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one's ideals. Like "Company," "Merrily We Roll Along" is a modest-sized show that crackles with the wit, humor and intensity that embody the spirit of New York City. With a brilliant "Broadway-style" score and that deep insight one expects from any Sondheim endeavor, "Merrily We Roll Along" is a spirited and moving cautionary tale for anyone who has ever pursued a dream.

 

"On the day the show closed, I found myself irresistibly drawn to the Alvin to listen to part of it again. ...The passion of Mr. Sondheim's music remained unmistakable..."
-Frank Rich, New York Times


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Reviews

Jeff Favre, Backstage West says "Gary Romm's efficient direction keeps the action lively."

"[Nathan] Bouldin serves as a solid anchor for the production. He provides a sense of charm that makes the unpleasant protagonist somewhat likable. And his strong voice blends nicely with that of [Andrew] Block, who gets the most out of the script's humorous moments."

"The other memorable performance belongs to [Rachel Rawlins] Prescott, who shines in one of Sondheim's strongest songs, 'Not a Day Goes By.'"

Steven Stanley, LA Stage Scene says "Nathan Bouldin is a tall and striking presence as composer Franklin Shepard and Andrew Block does fine work as lyricist Charley Kringas"

"The very good Ellen Caranasos completes the trio as Mary."

"Aileen-Marie Scott brings Broadway star Gussie Carnegie to bold and brassy life, and lovely Rachel Rawlins Prescott is a standout as Franklin's ex-wife Beth"

"the important thing with a Sondheim show is the music (and the acting) and in this production's case, both are solid"

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Where are you located?

We are located at 5429 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016. We are managing the Attic Theatre & Film Center.

What time should I arrive at the theatre?
Generally speaking, it is best to arrive at the theatre roughly 15-30 minutes before your performance.

Does the theatre have wheelchair access?
Yes.

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It is Chromolume Theatre's policy that no babies in arms may be allowed to attend. Further, we do not permit children under the age of four (4) to attend. This is to ensure that all customers enjoy the show. Young children are admitted but are not encouraged to attend unless the parent is confident the child will not distract other members of the audience. Everyone must have a valid ticket and occupy a seat. Accompanying adults will be asked to remove any noisy children. Generally, Chromolume Theatre produced productions are appropriate for school age children, while visiting productions can vary in appropriateness. Regardless, you should probably check with the Box Office when you order your tickets whether the production you are attending is appropriate for your child.

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In most cases, yes. Most, if not all, of the actors who perform in our shows are members of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and/or American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Do your musicals have live musicians or taped accompaniment?
All of Chromolume Theatre's produced musicals include a single piano, or a small orchestra, usually five pieces. We do not use taped accompaniment at any of our performances. Any visiting production may use taped accompaniment.

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Do you do only do musicals?
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Cast/Crew Bios

Sam Arnold, Frank Jr.
Merrily We Roll Along

This is Sam Arnold's third play. He played Will Parker in Oklahoma!, and Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, both with Rising Star Children's Musical Theatre Troupe. He is excited to work with his first grown-up cast. Sam plays on a basketball team, enjoys gymnastics, video and computer games, rollerblading, skateboarding, cats and rehearsals. He is nine years old and is homeschooled along with his two brothers and one sister.


Carol Becker, Ensemble
Merrily We Roll Along

Carol is thrilled to be appearing in her first Chromolume show! She received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Some Los Angeles credits include City of Angels, Sweet Charity, Baby, and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. She assistant directed a production of The Fantasticks and recently had her directorial debut with Cinderella. Dedicated to my Mom and Dad for their bountiful strengths and few weaknesses. PIE for SMILES!!


Andrew Block, Charley
Merrily We Roll Along

Andrew is thrilled to be playing Charley, after having just been seen in Chromolume's Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know. Other favorite roles include Douglas in The Waiting Room, Guiteau in Assassins, Bobby Gould in Speed-the-Plow, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, Herbie in Gypsy and Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest. Andrew moved to L.A. 2 years ago from Chicago where he received his MFA from DePaul University. Andrew also worked for several years as an Actor, Director and Teacher, while running a High School Theatre program in Texas, and also spent time in New York where he received his BFA at Adelphi University. His Directing credits include Noises Off, Dancing at Lughnasa, 12th Night, and City of Angels. Among other film and commercial work he was the voice of several characters in the animated special Holidaze on ABC. Andrew is a proud native of New Orleans, LA, and dedicates this performance to his own 'Old Friends', FBC & company.


Nathan Bouldin, Frank
Merrily We Roll Along

Nathan Bouldin makes his Chromolume debut with Merrily We Roll Along. Some of Nathan's L.A. theatre credits include Johnson Over Jordan, Assassins, Long Day's Journey into Night, and Trying to Find Chinatown. Regional credits include Sweeney Todd, Glengary Glen Ross, Company, Grapes of Wrath, The Rocky Horror Show, Hamlet, The Living, and Look Homeward, Angel. Nathan wishes to send his deepest gratitude to the family and close friends who encouraged him to get his butt back on a stage.


Ellen Caranasos, Mary
Merrily We Roll Along

Ellen graduated form the University of Central Florida with a degree in theater performance and studied Shakespeare at Cambridge University in England. While at UCF she received the Irene Ryan Award and performed at the Kennedy Center. Some of her favorite past theatrical performances include; Mona in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Maria in Lend Me a Tenor, Essie in You Can't Take it With You, and Lady Anne in Richard the Third. Ellen is very happy to be a part of Chromolume Theatre Company.


Christopher Chen, Joe
Merrily We Roll Along

Christopher Chen is pleased to be back on Chromolume's stage, having played "Ted" in their L.A. premiere of Sondheim's Saturday Night. Chris comes to L.A. from Cleveland, Ohio (with a couple years based in NYC) and studied theatre at Northwestern University. Besides a national/intl. tour of Guys and Dolls, other favorite credits include "Paul" in A Chorus Line, "Smudge" in Forever Plaid, "Jigger" in Carousel, "Carl-Magnus" in A Little Night Music and "Harry Beaton" in Brigadoon. (Chris thanks ALL directors EVERYWHERE who practice non-traditional casting.)


Lisa Christensen, Ensemble
Merrily We Roll Along

Lisa Christensen is thrilled to be debuting with the Chomolume Theatre Company and considers herself very lucky to be among such talented professionals. When not on stage, Lisa is working on her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at UCLA. Favorite Credits Include: Jeannie in Hair (Fritz Theatre), Sue in Bash (Carlsbad Community Readers), Joanne in Company (UC San Diego), Hedy la Rue in How to Succeed... (UC San Diego) and Clea in Black Comedy (UC San Diego).


Samantha Gallagher, Ensemble, Beth u/s
Merrily We Roll Along

Sam was born and raised in New York. She began performing when she was five, and was lucky enough to spend two years with the Metropolitan Opera Children's Chorus. She received her BA in Music Theater from The American University in Washington DC. She has performed in theaters throughout New York and Washington DC. Some of her favorite roles include, Val in A Chorus Line, Sarah in Company, and Margie in State Fair.


Cameron Jappe, Ensemble
Merrily We Roll Along

Cameron recently transplanted his career from Chicago to LA and is happy to be working with Chromolume. While in Chicago, he was privileged to have worked with many of the talented artisans at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Other credits include productions with Next Theatre, Second City, and a tour to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Cameron received his MFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.


Kurt Koehler, Ensemble
Merrily We Roll Along

Kurt Koehler received his BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan and minored in Directing. His favorite roles include Leading Player in Pippin, Danny in Grease, Hero in A Funny Thing Happened... and many other roles. He is now a theater and film director/writer with shows like Chico's Angels and short films such as The Incredible Dyke and Taco Chick and Salsa Girl. See more at www.padprod.com.


Yuko Kudo, Ensemble
Merrily We Roll Along

Yuko Kudo is proud to be a part of Merrily We Roll Along. She moved to LA in 2003. Besides her acting/singing career, she works as an accompanist as well. Her favorit rolls are Edwina in Dear Edwina, Annabel in Lucky Stiff, Barbara in The Apple Tree, Amy in The Games We Play. Thank you all the cast, crew, Larry, and Lori Ann. And most of all, love to her family and Luis.


Yuki Matsuzaki, Ru
Merrily We Roll Along

Yuki was born and raised in Miyazaki, Japan. He started acting at the age of 7 in a small theatrical group that peforms children's tales in his hometown. He came to the U.S. when he was 18. While living in New York City, all his money was stolen and he became homeless. Then he began singing and performing on the streets of Time Square. After he was cast in an independent action film in New York, he decided to move to Los Angeles. You may have seen him in feature films such as The Last Samurai and Letters from Iwo Jima. Yuki is more than happy to help out his friend and director Gary, with this production.


Kendra Munger, Ensemble, Gussie u/s
Merrily We Roll Along

Kendra originated the role of Princess Diana in the musical Queen of Hearts NYC Off-Broadway. The show was a media sensation covered by Access Hollywood, Extra, CNN, BBC, Fox News and radio programs around the world. She performed in regional and dinner theatres up and down the East Coast before moving to LA. Favorite roles performed Eliza (My Fair Lady), Alais (The Lion in Winter), Alaura (City of Angels), Grace Farrell (Annie Warbucks), Agnes (I Do! I Do!), Marian (The Music Man) and Gwendolyn (The Importance of Being Earnest). Kendra was recently awarded "Best Actress in a Feature Film" at the Filmsup! Huntington Beach Film Festival for her role in the Independent Feature Film Much Ado.


Rachel Rawlins Prescott, Beth
Merrily We Roll Along

Rachel Rawlins Prescott received her BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. Some of her favorite roles have included Mrs. Cratchit in ICT's production of A Christmas Carol, Cinderella in DOMA Theatre's production of Into the Woods, Lili in the Nevada Conservatory's production of Carnival, Julie Jordan in Morgan-Wixon Theatre's production of Carousel, Jennifer Rumson in Mack's Inn Dinner Theatre's production of Paint Your Wagon, and especially Viola in Twelfth Night, where she met he wonderful husband. She was also recently seen in Comedy Central's Hollow Men and various commercials. She is excited to be part of Chromolume's production of Merrily We Roll Along playing Beth.


Aileen-Marie Scott, Gussie
Merrily We Roll Along

Aileen-Marie Scott received her BA in Theatre from California State University Northridge. Some of her performance credits include: Sarah in Quilters (South Bay CLO), Godspell (South Bay CLO), Flemmschen in Grand Hotel (Performance Riverside), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Curtis Theatre), Chloe in Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Best Actress Award), Sara Jane Moore in Assassins (Best Ensemble Award), Beverly in The Shadow Box, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Mrs. Anna in The King and I, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, The Witch and The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, and Amy in Company. Directorially she has created productions of All My Sons (ADA Award), Company, Gypsy, The Fantasticks, The Crucible, 1776, Hello Dolly and Godspell. "Life is knowing what you want, darling..." Thank goodness I know what I want and its the life I have with you JimmyJ. Merde everyone!


Renee Scott, Swing
Merrily We Roll Along

Renee Scott is thrilled to back at Chromolume, having last performed with the company in You're Gonna Love Tomorrow. A born and raised New Yorker, Renee is happy to be in Los Angeles, where she no longer lives in fear of sitting next to the smelly guy on the subway. Renee has performed in every state in the contiguous U.S in three national tours. Favorite roles include Oolie/Donna in City of Angels and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. She has trained at The Theatre School st DePaul University, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and UCLA. A recent graduate of ImprovOlympic West, she can be seen around town performing in Hit & Run: Musical Improv with fellow Merrily cast member, Kurt Koehler. This performance is dedicated to her Old Friends, Julie And Elise. For more info, visit www.reneescott.net.


Julie Urbanek, Ensemble
Merrily We Roll Along

Julie is happy to be appearing at Chromolume for the very first time. Her stage credits include Pam in The Full Monty, Sarah in Company, Marmee in Little Women, The Musical, Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees and Ado Annie in Oklahoma. She also has appeared in industrials for Jack In The Box, Der Weinerschnitzel and the May Company. Julie sends thanks to Aileen.


Richard Van Slyke,
Merrily We Roll Along

Richard is very excited to join the cast of Merrily We Roll Along. He is currently a member of The Charlie Company sketch comedy group just up the road at Acme Comedy Theatre. Richard has appeared in theaters all across the country. Favorite roles: Judas (Godspell), Reuben (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Charlie Brown (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Dauntless (Once Upon A Mattress), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Axel (Don't Drink the Water). Richard is a member of Actors Equity Association.


Annzella Victoria, Ensemble
Merrily We Roll Along

Chromolume member Annzella Victoria is originally from Houston, Texas. Her recent appearances were in the LA Opera's Porgy & Bess and the two runs of Chromolume's production of Do Lord Remember Me. Previous projects include Agents & Assets (performed in the US & Europe); Neil Simon's Proposals (for which she won an ADA best actress award); the musical Purlie, To Be Young, Gifted & Black, The Amen Corner, Cheaters and General Hospital, to name a few.


Gary Romm, Director
Merrily We Roll Along

Gary Romm has been involved in theater for over 30 years. He began his illustrious career as the Prince in The Way Out Cinderella and got hooked when he realized he could make people laugh and write about himself in the third person. An accomplished performer, "what he really wanted to do was direct", and has been lucky enough to direct two Backstage West Critic's Picks (A Little Night Music and Camelot) and the Ventura County premiere of Jake's Women. Other favorite directorial projects include Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Tartuffe, Sleuth, and The Pajama Game. He'd like to thank his immensely talented cast and crew for their hard work, and dedicates this production to his Mom. She dragged him kicking, screaming and crying to that Way Out Cinderella audition long ago, and thanks to her, he's never looked back! Mom really DOES know best.


Richard Berent, Musical Director
Merrily We Roll Along

Richard Berent is a piano accompanist, musical director and composer. He is musical director of innumerable musicals and cabaret shows. He was Musical director of Wayne State University Dance Department for 7 years. He has also composed numerous musicals having regional productions throughout U.S. His new children's musical Snow White is currently running at Theatre West starring Lee Meriwether. Training: BA, Piano, State University of New York at Binghamton; MM, Choral Conducting, University of Michigan. Sondheim's work has been a seminal career influence, and he is thrilled to be MD of one of the masterpieces that started that infatuation.


Kristie Rutledge, Choreographer
Merrily We Roll Along

Kristie is excited to join her good friends Gary and James as part of Chromolume Theatre Company. Kristie is currently the resident costume designer for Santa Monica College and Beverly Hills High School. She also has been directing youth drama productions for years. She has been seen in many productions, directed more and is excited to be working on Merrily.


Pete Sauber, Scenic Design
Merrily We Roll Along

Pete is the Resident Scenic Designer here at Chromolume Theatre Company and is happy to be doing his first design with them. He has been designing, sets, lights and props for several years in both the San Francisco area and Los Angeles. He also currently works at A Noise Within as well as at the Alex Theatre as both a designer and carpenter. He also served as Technical Director for two years at Marin Theatre Company's Summer Conservatory.


Alayna Falco, Costume Design
Merrily We Roll Along

With over 10 years costuming experience in theater and film, she is excited to be a part of Chromolume Theatre Company. Alayna holds a BA in costume design from UCLA's School of theatre, film and TV. She has just completed design on her first feature film but is very happy to be back in the theater. Some of her favorite design credits include, Babes in Arms (Reprise), Aida (Sacramento Music Circus & Bakersfield Dinner Theater), Anything Goes (Candlelight Pavillion), Peter Pan (Columbian Theater), Pin Up Girls (Mountain High Entertainment), The Vaudevillians (Met Theater), Ragtime, Marat Sade, and Damn Yankees to name a few.


Christopher Singleton, Lighting Design
Merrily We Roll Along

Christopher Singleton is the Resident Lighting Designer for Chromolume Theatre Company, Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre and Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, a Resident Artist for Moving Arts and involved with Comedy Central Stage. Christopher discovered his passion for theatre arts in kindergarten when he was a clown in Keys School's production of Barnum. He discovered the art of lighting design at Loyola Marymount University, where he graduated from in May 2004. Since starting his journey, Christopher has designed the lights for over fifty shows all over the United States. Some of his most recent projects include The Best Man (W Productions, May 2007), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Wilde Irish Productions, April 2007), The Mikado Project (Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, April 2007), Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know (Chromolume Theatre Company, March 2007), and The Empty Bed (Padua Playwrights, February 2007).


James Esposito, Sound Designer
Merrily We Roll Along

James is the producing Artistic Director at Chromolume Theatre Company. As he received an A in stagecraft from Santa Monica College which, of course, qualified him to design the set for Do Lord Remember Me, his A in Stage Sound from the same college further qualified him to do sound design as well. He has designed the last three productions for Chromolume, both the original and revival runs of the aforementioned Do Lord Remember Me and Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know. James also wishes to dedicate his efforts to a close relative, John Nicks, who recently passed away and with whom none of his business endeavors would not have been born.


Elliott Lawrence, Stage Manager
Merrily We Roll Along

Pittsburgh native Elliott Lawrence is happy to be returning for his fourth stint as Stage Manager. He studied music and Journalism at Clarion university of Pa. and Toured both nationally and internationally with the acclaimed performance group the Young Americans. He Also is a successful bassist and music producer. Thanks to Ma and the Love of my life Ganov!

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Reviews

 

 

Jeff Favre of Backstage West says...

 

"Gary Romm's efficient direction keeps the action lively."

 

"[Nathan] Bouldin serves as a solid anchor for the production. He provides a sense of charm that makes the unpleasant protagonist somewhat likable. And his strong voice blends nicely with that of [Andrew] Block, who gets the most out of the script's humorous moments."

 

"The other memorable performance belongs to [Rachel Rawlins] Prescott, who shines in one of Sondheim's strongest songs, 'Not a Day Goes By.'"

 

 

Steven Stanley of LA Stage Scene says...

 

"Nathan Bouldin is a tall and striking presence as composer Franklin Shepard and Andrew Block does fine work as lyricist Charley Kringas"

 

"The very good Ellen Caranasos completes the trio as Mary."

 

"Aileen-Marie Scott brings Broadway star Gussie Carnegie to bold and brassy life, and lovely Rachel Rawlins Prescott is a standout as Franklin's ex-wife Beth"

 

"the important thing with a Sondheim show is the music (and the acting) and in this production's case, both are solid"

 

 

Keith David Dillon of Moochie Music and Stage Door Swings says...

 

"The score is one of Sondheim's finest...[and] is an excellent example of what could be called the 'ebb and flow' structure of Sondheim's post-Sweeney musicals of the 80s."

 

"As Franklin Shepard, Nathan Bouldin delivers a superb performance."

 

"Ms. Rawlins Prescott has a wonderful voice, and both her renditions of [Not a Day Goes By] are deeply moving."

 

"As the untouchable Gussie, Aileen-Marie Scott is delightful."

 

 

Philip Brandes of LA Times says...

 

"The most accomplished singing is by Rachel Rawlins Prescott as the composer's first wife."

 

Don Shirley of LA City Beat says...

 

"Chromolume Theatre version [of Merrily We Roll Along] engenders laughs and tears"

 

 

Lovel Estell III of LA Weekly says...

 

"The story itself, is absorbing..."

 

"Musical Director, Richard Berent's piano accompaniment is flawless."