Listen to Eleri Ward Sing ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ From New Album 

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Eleri Ward | Photo: Courtesy of Ghostlight Records

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Dan Meyer
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September 15, 2022 9:30 AM
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Pick a road, start blasting some tunes, and pretty soon, you’ll be merrily. That’s the message we’re getting from singer-songwriter Eleri Ward, who croons “Merrily We Roll Along” off of her new album, Keep a Tender Distance. Listen to the track below.

The album is another folk guitar exploration of Stephen Sondheim’s musical theater canon. It’s a follow-up to the Sondheim-meets-Sufjan Stevens–themed A Perfect Little Death, released in 2021.

Keep A Tender Distance, from Ghostlight Records, is available for pre-order and will be out September 16. Click here for more information.

The LP features several songs currently heard on Broadway: “Stay with Me,” “Agony,” “I Know Things Now,” and “No One Is Alone” from Into the Woods. It also includes  “Another Hundred People,” and “Marry Me a Little” from Company, and “Not a Day Goes By” in addition to the title track from Merrily We Roll Along. Ward also sings numbers from A Little Night Music, Assassins, and Sunday in the Park with George.

The new album’s first single, “Not While I’m Around,” from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is available to listen to now. Keep a Tender Distance is produced by Allen Tate and Ward, and arranged by Ward, with string arrangements by Ellis Ludwig-Leone.

Ward is coming off her stint as the opener for Josh Groban’s summer tour. This fall, she will be a member of the ensemble in the Off-Broadway world premiere of Only Gold at New York’s MCC Theater. The musical features a score by Kate Nash and a book by Ted Malawer and director-choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler.

“Making this second album has been entirely different than the first in many ways, first of which is: collaboration,” says Ward. “I created the arrangements myself, but went into each studio session with an open mind of what each song could ultimately be… I went into recording this album with a lot of open space, not wanting to confine myself into any set arrangement, and that allowed for these collaborations to really bring everything to the next level.”

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Dan Meyer

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.

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