One of the reliefs of moviegoing is that you only have a one in a million chance of being in a theater with Madonna. But another is that if you’re a rabid stage fan and happen to constantly miss all the great stuff being produced in the U.K., Fathom Events is giving viewers a chance to see some of their most acclaimed works in a comfy movie house for only a fraction of the price, and the West End’s celebrated revival of the 1981 Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along will be rollin’ along to about 460 U.S. theaters Oct. 23.
Long beloved by Sondheim’s devoted fans, it tells a tale of a famous songwriter/producer at the height of his success and explores the story chronologically backward, concluding with his and his pals’ humble beginnings. It may have proved too ambitious for its time (the original Broadway production reportedly had many walkouts, and only played 16 non-preview performances); the musical is now considered a treasure by musical theater fans and critics alike.
Below, EW has two exclusive clips from the 2012 London Menier Chocolate Factory production — starring Jenna Russell, Mark Umbers, Josefina Gabrielle, and Damian Humbley — which prove plenty promising. And if you like these, Fathom Events is promising more stage-to-screen transfers to come, so keep an eye out! For more information on ticketing and venues for Merrily We Roll Along, visit Fathom Events’ website.
Click below for a clip of “He’s Only a Boy” (performed by Ms. Gabrielle):
And here is a clip of “Growing Up” (performed by Mr. Umbers):