Merrily We Roll Along (Stage Production)
Louise Gold played Gussie, at The Leicester Haymarket, previews between 14 April - 9 May 1992 (Previews from the 10 April 2002).
The musical is notable for being "The show that goes backwards"
Mary - Maria Freidman
Frank Sheppard -
Gussie - Louise Gold
Charley - Evan Pappas
Joe - Gareth Snook
Beth - Jacqueline Dankworth
Waitress & Evelyn - Julie Armstrong
Terry & Minister - Jon Clairmonte
Meg - Lucy Dixon
K.T. - Kate Copstick
Ru - Phillip Day
Mrs Spencer - Michelle Fine
Bunker - Daniel Gillingwater
Make-up Artiste & Reporter - Deirdre Forrest
Scotty & Mr Spencer - Matthew White
Dory - Dwan Kastelle
Jerome - Phillip Wrigley
Dresser & Secretary - Karen Skinns
Tyler - Alan Mosley
Frank Jnr - Scott Bradley, Dominic Burr, Matthew Fraser
Party Guests, reporters, TV crew etc - played by members of the company.
Music and Lyrics - Stephen Sondheim
Book - George Furth
Based on the original play by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart.
Directed and Staged by -
Designed by - Martin Johns
Orchestrations by - Jonathan Tunick
Musical Direction by - Julian Kelly
Lighting Designer - Chris Ellis
Sound - Shaun Knowles
The cast of this production made a cast album recording of the songs, which is available as either a double CD or a single CD, the latter has also been produced on cassette.
It would seem likely that Sound person Shaun Knowles may also be the same person credited as Sound Operator Sean Knowles in The Cherry Orchard , but it is not known for sure.
It is perhaps worth noting that, with this being regional theatre, the productions three leading ladies: Maria Friedman, Louise Gold, and Jacqueline Dankworth, had to share a dressing room. Legend has it (well Ms Friedman and Ms Gold have both told the story in their respective one-woman shows, Maria Friedman By Special Arrangement and LOUISE GOLD ... By Appointment respectively) that on opening night the trio discovered that Stephen Sondheim had sent every actor in the company the SAME good luck card and message, namely: A photograph of himself which he had signed with the words ď...out of the entire cast you are by far the best.Ē
It is perhaps worth noting that in Merrily We Roll Along, Gareth Snookís character, Joe is that of a producer of Broadway Musicals. It turns out that in the same year that he played Joe in MWRA, Gareth Snook (along with the Queen of West End Musical Directors, Kate Young) produced a charity production of The Hired Man at The Palace Theatre in London, and more recently he worked as a producer on a production of The King Of Comedy.
Maria Friedman and Louise Gold had previously appeared together in Kids At Heart, they have gone on to appear together in: A Time To Start Living, and Sondheim At The Barbican. They also appeared separately in Chicago & Company, and may have appeared together in Will-Aid
†ďAnother Leicester coup was Sondheimís Merrily We Roll Along, featuring some of our top young talent like Maria Friedman, Louise Gold and Michael Cantwell.Ē Liz Gilbey, Plays International, June 1992
"Louise Gold looks the part and belts out her music in rip style; she handles her flamboyant party-talk with a certain disdain, like someone who would prefer not to know anybody who talked like that" David Murray, FINANCIAL TIMES, 18 April 1992
TheatreNow.Com interview: Gold On Stage: Louise Gold In Follies: http://www.theatrenow.com/asp/link.htm?news.asp?art=3430&cat=1† This is an interview carried out by Theatre.Comís Paul Webb, one hot summerís day, while Louise was appearing in Follies at The Royal Festival Hall. Although the interview is ostensibly about her role in Follies she also talks about her other Sondheim performances (including Merrily We Roll Along), along with: Memphis Tennessee, Political Theatre, and Spitting Image.