Merrily We Roll Along : A conversation with Theatre Historian Chris Cagianno

9/30/2017 Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre

Join Chris Cagianno, professor of theatre history at Boston Conservatory and local theatre blogger, and Literay Apprentice J. Sebastian Alberdi for a discussion about the history of Merrily We Roll Along and Sondheim after the 2pm performance on September 30.

Christopher Caggiano joined Boston Conservatory in 2004, where he is a full-time faculty member and teaches theatre courses in musical theatre history and musical theatre dance history and liberal arts courses in arts criticism, among other topics. Mr. Caggiano is the author of the popular theatre blog “Everything I Know I Learned From Musicals.” He is a member of the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League and is a founding member of the Independent Theater Bloggers Association (ITBA). A journalist, Mr. Caggiano spent 13 years as a reporter, writer, and editor at Inc. magazine. Following that, he was a senior writer at CMO magazine and senior editor for Deliver magazine. As a freelancer, he has written articles that have appeared in the Advocate and artscope, as well as on,,, and Additionally, he has written the liner notes for the PS Classics releases Life Begins at 8:40 and Noël and Cole.


About Merrily We Roll Along

Director Maria Friedman’s stunning London production of Merrily We Roll Along received universal rave reviews – the most five star reviews in West End history – and the Olivier Award for Best Musical. Now she recreates it for Boston audiences! Travelling backwards in time over 20 years in the entertainment business, this legendary, cult favorite musical charts the relationships of close friends Franklin, Charley, and Mary, and features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs, including “Good Thing Going,” “Old Friends,” and “Not a Day Goes By."

Approximate run time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. Please note: This production includes theatrical haze and smoke, strobe light effects, and the smoking of herbal cigarettes.

Stephen Sondheim“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.”— Stephen Sondheim on Maria Friedman’s London production


Peter DuBois“After seeing Maria Friedman’s stunning staging of Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, I knew I had to share this tremendous production with Boston. Maria has captured lightning in a bottle, turning a musical long beloved by Sondheim geeks into an international hit. I can’t wait for her to recreate the definitive and mesmerizing version of Merrily for Boston audiences with the best of Boston, New York, and international talent. Put this show on the calendar in pen!”— Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois

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