Report: There Is Backstage Tickling Between Daniel Radcliffe and Jonathan Groff at Merrily We Roll Along | Playbill

Video Report: There Is Backstage Tickling Between Daniel Radcliffe and Jonathan Groff at Merrily We Roll Along

The Harry Potter star shares on Late Night With Seth Meyers how his Broadway co-star likes to mess with him moments before a dramatic scene.

Daniel Radcliffe stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers April 9 to talk about starring in Broadway's Merrily We Roll Along, including the backstage hijinks. According to the Harry Potter actor, co-star Jonathan Groff prepares for a particularly dramatic scene not by focusing on the text or listening to moody music, but by tickling Radcliffe. Yes, reader, there's backstage tickling happening at the Hudson.

Watch Radcliffe tell the tale above.

Earlier in Radcliffe's appearance, he shared some stories about audience reactions to the Stephen Sondheim revival, including one poor audience member who somehow didn't realize until the final scene that the story was being told backwards. Watch that story and more below.

The revival of Merrily We Roll Along opened October 10, 2023, at the Hudson Theatre, where it will continue through July 7. Directed by Olivier winner Maria Friedman, Merrily We Roll Along features music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by George Furth.

The revival stars Radcliffe as Charley Kringas, Groff as Franklin Shepard, and Lindsay Mendez as Mary Flynn. The trio are all reprising their performances from the production's 2022 Off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop, along with Krystal Joy Brown as Gussie Carnegie, Katie Rose Clarke as Beth Shepard, and Reg Rogers as Joe Josephson. Max Rackenberg, Rocco Van Auken, and Brady Wagner share the role of Frank Jr.

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The company also includes Sherz Aletaha, Maya Boyd, Leana Rae Concepcion, Ken Krugman, Corey Mach, Talia Simone Robinson, Jamila Sabares-Klemm, Brian Sears, Evan Alexander Smith, Christian Strange, Vishal Vaidya, Natalie Wachen, and Jacob Keith Watson. Rounding out the company as swings are Morgan Kirner, Amanda Rose, and Koray Tarhan. Casting is by Jim Carnahan and Jason Thinger.

Based on the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart play of the same name, Merrily We Roll Along tracks the lives of three friends navigating the entertainment industry over three decades in reverse chronological order. Sondheim's score includes such songs as "Old Friends," "Now You Know," "Franklin Shepard, Inc.," "Good Thing Going," and "Not a Day Goes By." A revival cast recording was released January 12.

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The production features choreography by Tim Jackson and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Scenic and costume design are by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, sound design by Kai Harada, hair and wig design by Cookie Jordan, music supervision by Catherine Jayes, music direction by Joel Fram, associate music supervision by Alvin Hough, Jr., and music coordination by Kristy Norter.

Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Patrick Catullo, and Jeff Romley lead the revival's producing team.


Take a Look at Production Photos of Merrily We Roll Along on Broadway

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