Theater: Rue Tristesse

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Music, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth Directed by Harold Prince

Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim seem to have been born middleaged. Rue, disenchantment, a kind of middle-aged tristesse recur in their collaborations. In the most brilliant of them. Company and Follies, melancholia about marriage and success was imminent but airborne; in Merrily We Roll Along it falls with the thud of a foregone conclusion.

Duplicating the chronologically backward structure of the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart 1934 play of the same title, Merrily begins with the...

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