Charcters: Merrily We Roll Along

BETH SPENCER A naive and insecure middle-American who is the mother of Frank’s son. She arcs from a down-trodden housewife at her wits end to a hopeless romantic at the beginning of her engagement to the man of her dreams. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: G3 – G5 

CHARLEY KRINGAS A stubborn, intense man with average looks. He ranges from a successful lyricist and Frank’s longtime friend to a bright-eyed optimist creating his own opportunities in NYC. Male, 25-40 yrs old Range: A#2 – G#4 

FRANKLIN SHEPARD His character ranges from an influential songwriter and film producer to an innocent, bright-eyed optimist in NYC. Talented and handsome but misled, tragic, and tormented. Male, 25-40 yrs old Range: A2 – Bb4 

GUSSIE CARNEGIE The flamboyant, self-invented actress. Her character begins at the end of her relationship with Frank, but throughout the show we see her grow more and more helplessly in love with him. Greedy and seductive. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: Gb3 – C#5 

JOE JOSEPHSON Big-talking Broadway producer and husband to Gussie. He later becomes pathetic and poor. Male, 35-50 yrs old Range: A2 – F#4 

MARY FLYNN A middle-aged theatre critic. Her character arcs to the to the youthful, gorgeous 20-something living in NYC with best friend Frank. Sardonic, bitter, and witty. Female, 30-45 yrs old Range: F3 – F5 

FRANK JUNIOR: Frank’s son (Male, Age 6-9)


All ensemble play multiple parts. All have singing solos and lines. They are in 5 company numbers, as well as featured in smaller scenes/songs.

  • TYLER & Others (Male, 20-35 yrs old)

  • MR. SPENCER & Others (Male, 40-60 yrs old)

  • SCOTTY & Others (Male, 25-40 yrs old)

  • JEROME & Others (Male, 30-50 yrs old)

  • BUNKER & Others (Male, 25-40 yrs old)

  • RU & Others (Male, 20-30 yrs old)

  • MEG & Others (Female, 18-25 yrs old)

  • DORY & Others (Female, 20-40 yrs old)

  • KT & Others (Female, 25-35 yrs old)

  • MRS. SPENCER & Others (Female, 40-60 yrs old)