“Merrily We Roll Along,” a Stephen Sondheim musical that abruptly flopped on Broadway in 1981 but has become a much-loved show in the decades since, will be revived Off Broadway next winter by the Roundabout Theater Company.
The musical, a rueful deconstruction of the unraveling of a three-way friendship, will be a production of Fiasco Theater, which is Roundabout’s company in residence. Fiasco, known for its stripped-down productions, often with simple props, did a well-received production of “Into the Woods,” another show with a score by Mr. Sondheim.
“Merrily,” which is based on a play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, features a book by George Furth. Its original production, which closed just two weeks after opening, was the subject of a 2016 documentary, “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened.”
Noah Brody, Fiasco’s co-artistic director, will direct a cast that includes members of the company. The show will open Feb. 19 at the Laura Pels Theater.
“Merrily” is the seventh production announced by Roundabout for its upcoming season.
On Broadway, where the theater operates three spaces, Roundabout will present “Bernhardt/Hamlet,” a new comedic play by Theresa Rebeck about Sarah Bernhardt’s famous 1899 performance as the Prince of Denmark, starring Janet McTeer and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Revivals of “True West” and “Kiss Me, Kate” are part of the season as well, with a fourth Broadway production still to be announced.
Off Broadway, in addition to “Merrily,” Roundabout will present “Toni Stone,” a new play by Lydia R. Diamond, starring Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) and directed by Pam MacKinnon, about the first woman to play as a regular on a big-league professional baseball team; and “Apologia” by Alexi Kaye Campbell, starring Stockard Channing and directed by Daniel Aukin. “Usual Girls,” by Ming Peiffer and directed by Tyne Rafaeli, will be presented at the Roundabout Underground theater for emerging artists.