Step backwards in time. Based upon George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1934 play of the same name, Merrily We Roll Along, follows the successful career of Broadway composer turned Hollywood producer, Franklin Shepard. Throughout the course of the show, during which time regresses from 1976 to 1957, we learn how Frank accomplished this - with the help of his best friends, Charley (who writes the books and lyrics) and Mary (who is a writer in her own right and is always around for support and guidance). The trio of friends are inspired to become big players in American musical theatre and book writing. After witnessing the Russian satellite, Sputnik, orbiting the earth on a cold October night, they feel destined to “change the world.” However, over time, Franklin learns what the cost could be of putting fame and fortune above friendship.
Directed by Kitt LaVoie, Writer and Producer of the documentary featured on Netflix called, Best Worst Thing That Could Have Happened about the original Merrily We Roll Along Broadway production.