As reported earlier, the Roundabout began rehearsals for the revival of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's Follies on Jan. 18. Previews begin on March 8 and the show opens April 5. As earlier reported, the show's run at the Belasco has already been extended through Sept. 30.
The Follies cast comprises Blythe Danner (Phyllis Rogers Stone), Gregory Harrison (Ben Stone), Judith Ivey (Sally Durant Plummer) and Treat Williams (Buddy Plummer), together with Polly Bergen (Carlotta Campion), Marge Champion (Emily Whitman), Betty Garrett (Hattie Walker), Joan Roberts (Heidi Schiller), Donald Saddler (Theodore Whitman), Jane White (Solange LaFitte), Carol Woods (Stella Deems), Louis Zorich (Dimitri Weisman), Erin Dilly (Young Phyllis), Brooke Sunny Moriber (Young Heidi), Larry Raiken (Roscoe), Nancy Ringham (Sandra Crane), Richard Roland (Young Ben), Joey Sorge (Young Buddy), Dorothy Stanley (Dee Dee West), Lauren Ward (Young Sally), Joan Barber, Roxane Barlow, Carole Bentley, Jessica Leigh Brown, Stephen Campanella, Dottie Earle, Aldrin Gonzalez, Jeffrey Hankinson, Amy Heggins, Jacqueline Hendy, Nadine Isenegger, Shannon Lewis, Rod McCune, Kelli O’Hara, T. Oliver Reid, Alex Sanchez, Allyson Tucker, Matt Wall and Wendy Waring.
Directed by Matthew Warchus (Art, True West) and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall (Kiss Me Kate) the Follies creative team comprises set designer Mark Thompson, costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, sound designer Jonathan Deans, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and musical direction by Eric Stern. Frank Scardino is the show's executive producer.
A musical favorite, Follies will be staged at the Belasco where the crumbling Weismann Theatre will be recreated in a fashion representing “the eve of its demolition.” There, ghosts and showgirls from the theatre's legendary past reunite and reflect on their lives. When Follies opened at the Winter Garden on April 4, 1971 the production was directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, with choreography by Bennett. Follies earned seven 1972 Tony Awards and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. Tickets range $45-$90 and are now available through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200. The Belasco Theatre box office, located at 111 W. 44 St., will open on January 22. For additional information visit www.folliesonbroadway.com or www.roundabouttheatre.org.