Follies in Concert — with Maria Friedman — Presented in London Feb. 4

News   Follies in Concert — with Maria Friedman — Presented in London Feb. 4 The upcoming City Center Encores! production of Follies will boast Tony Award winner Victoria Clark as Sally Durant Plummer, while the Feb. 4 London Palladium benefit concert of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman work features Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman in that role.
Maria Friedman with Follies songwriter, Stephen Sondheim
Maria Friedman with Follies songwriter, Stephen Sondheim Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Friedman plays the former Follies girl in the concert staging of the musical, which will benefit Starlight Children's Foundation and the Kingston Hospital Cancer Unit Appeal.

The one-night-only event will also feature Liz Robertston as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Philip Quast as Ben Stone, Tim Flavin as Buddy Plummer, Rachel Barrell as Young Sally, Summer Strallen as Young Phyllis, Adam-Jon Fiorentino as Young Ben, Neil McDermott as Young Buddy, Josephine Barstow as Heidi Schiller, Charlotte Page as Young Heidi, Bonaventura Bottone as Roscoe, Kim Criswell as Carlotta Campion, Liliane Montevecchi as Solange La Fitte, Imelda Staunton as Hattie Walker, Patrick Mower as Dimitri Weismann, Paul Killick as Vincent, Angela Rippon as Vanessa and Trevor McDonald as the Radio Announcer.

Bill Deamer directs and choreographs the 8:15 PM concert, and the creative team also includes Richard Balcombe (musical director), Mark Nimmin (lighting design) and Gareth Owen (sound design).

Follies, with songs by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Goldman, was originally directed by Harold Prince on Broadway in 1971. Since then, it has received a legendary star-filled concert at Lincoln Center in 1985, a Roundabout revival on Broadway directed by Matthew Warchus in 2001, and numerous regional mountings, including a Paper Mill Playhouse engagement that featured Donna McKechnie and the late Ann Miller. The classic Sondheim score also boasts such tunes as "I'm Still Here," "Broadway Baby," "Could I Leave You?," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" and "The Road You Didn't Take."

Maria Friedman made her Broadway last season in The Woman in White playing Marian, a role she created on the London stage. She won her third Olivier Award for her performance as Mother in the West End production of Ragtime. She also won Oliviers for her one-woman show, Maria Friedman—By Special Arrangement, and for her work as Fosca in the London production of Sondheim's Passion. She received Olivier nominations for her roles as Dot in Sunday in the Park with George and Roxie in Chicago. Friedman's other stage credits include Lady in the Dark, Blues in the Night, April in Paris, Break of Day, Square Rounds, The Witches of Eastwick and Ragtime. She can also be seen as the Narrator in the film video of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The London Palladium is located on Argyll Street in London. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.seetickets.com.