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Hudson Theatre

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  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4
Hudson Theatre
Hudson Theatre

Time Out says

Built in 1903, this jewel-box theater began as a playhouse, then became a television studio in the 1950s (for Steve Allen's Tonight Show, among other programs). Recently restored to its former splendor, the space now serves as a glamorous backdrop for special events and corporate dinners.


141 W 44th St
New York
Cross street:
at Broadway
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Subway: N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq
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Merrily We Roll Along

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Musicals

Broadway review by Adam Feldman  Merrily We Roll Along is the femme fatale of Stephen Sondheim musicals, beautiful and troubled; people keep thinking they can fix it, rescue it, save it from itself and make it their own. In the decades since its disastrous 1981 premiere on Broadway, where it lasted just two weeks, the show has been revised and revived many times (including by the York in 1994, Encores! in 2012 and Fiasco in 2019). The challenges of Merrily are built into its core in a way that no production can fully overcome. But director Maria Friedman’s revival does a superb job—the best I’ve ever seen—of overlooking them, the way one might forgive the foibles of an old friend.   As a showbiz-steeped investigation of the disillusionment that may accompany adulthood, Merrily is a companion piece to Sondheim’s Follies, with which it shares a key line: “Never look back,” an imperative this show pointedly ignores. Adapted by George Furth from a play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, the musical is structured in reverse. We first meet Franklin Shepard (Jonathan Groff) in 1976, when he is a former composer now leading a hollow life as a producer of Hollywood schlock; successive scenes move backward through the twisting paths on which he has lost both his ideals and his erstwhile best pals, playwright Charley (Daniel Radcliffe) and writer Mary (Lindsay Mendez). The final scene—chronologically, the first—finds them together on a rooftop in 1957, as yet regardless of their doom,

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