Franz has joined the cast of the Barrington Stage Company's upcoming production of Follies. The singing actress will play Solange LaFitte, the role originated on Broadway by Fifi D'orsay. Directed by Julianne Boyd, Follies — in celebration of Sondheim's 75th birthday — will play June 23 through July 16.
Franz joins a cast that includes Kim Crosby (Sally), Donna McKechnie (Carlotta), Jeff McCarthy (Ben), Leslie Denniston (Phyllis), Lara Teeter (Buddy), Eric Ulloa (Young Ben), John Patrick (Young Buddy), Nili Bassman (Young Phyllis), Elise Molinelli (Young Sally), Diane Findley (Stella), Diane Houghton (Hattie), Marni Nixon (Heidi), Gordon Stanley (Dmitri), Natalie Mosco (Emily Whitman) and David Young (Theodore Whitman).
Follies, which was revived on Broadway in 2001 with a cast led by Judith Ivey, Blythe Danner, Treat Williams, Gregory Harrison and Polly Bergen, is set in a dilapidated theatre about to be torn down and features a book by James Goldman. The musical premiered at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre in April 1971 with a score that boasts such tunes as "Beautiful Girls," "Broadway Baby," "In Buddy's Eyes," "I'm Still Here," "Could I Leave You?," "Losing My Mind" and "Who's That Woman?" Among the original cast were Dick Latessa, Alexis Smith, Yvonne De Carlo, John McMartin, Gene Nelson and Dorothy Collins.
Joy Franz has been seen on Broadway in Into the Woods, Open Admissions, Musical Chairs, Pippin and Guys and Dolls. Her regional credits include roles in Company, A Little Night Music and The Gingerbread Lady.
The Barrington Stage Company is located within the Consolati Performing Arts Center at 491 Berkshire School Road. The box office can be reached by calling (413) 528-8888. *
The Barrington season will continue with The Importance of Being Earnest (July 21-Aug. 7) and William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle (Aug. 11-28). Visit www.barringtonstageco.org for more information.