Merrily we roll along to yet another blog post from the Merry Festival Fringe in Merry Olde Edinburgh, Scotland.
Merrily We Roll Along is a Stephen Sondheim musical I’ve been wanting to see for along, long time. Every time we roll merrily along to Edinburgh for our yearly visit, I become less merry, momentarily, when I discover that Merrily We Roll Along has been at the Fringe but has rolled along out of there before we arrive. This year, I rolled along to a different strategy and booked tickets to see Merrily We Roll Along in Boston when I merrily roll along home in September.
Yesterday, as I was merrily rolling along the Royal Mile, I saw this:
I was so merry to see this that it took Paul …
… several tries to merrily roll me along to an understanding that this was NOT the Sondheim musical but rather the play that musical was based on. Paul, who is the director of the first revival of Kaufman and Hart’s Merrily We Roll Along to roll along in many decades, merrily urged me to roll along to see the play. I merrily agreed, since I’ve been a merry fan of George Kaufman and Moss Hart as the years have rolled along. Indeed, one of my favorite books when I was merrily young was the biography of George S. Kaufman by Howard Teichmann. (If you wish, you can merrily roll along to this description of that book.) Kaufman was not exactly merry but some of the wittiest words I’ve ever merrily read rolled off his tongue. When I was at my first job, I merrily used his line “Forgotten but not gone” about somebody who had quit but hadn’t yet rolled along out of there. That line was merrily received by some.
Shall we merrily roll along to my other photos from yesterday?
Before I merrily roll along to breakfast and then to Merrily We Roll Along, I merrily recommend N.E.A.L. P.O.R.T.E.N.Z.A., LAID, JAYDED, The Durham Revue, and Manual Cinema’s Lula Del Ray. Later this week, we’ll merrily be rolling along to dinner with Neal Portenza (a/k/a Joshua Ladgrove), who is merrily doing a card trick above.
But first, let’s merrily roll along to this YouTube video.
Comments from you help me merrily roll along, so please roll along to the comment section, below.
Merrily, I thank all who helped me roll along to the end of another daily post and — of course! — YOU.
I’m revisiting the soundtrack now, thanks for the reminder. I saw a production in London about 10 years ago. How did you find the venue? I had a show in the Space at venue 45 a few years back.