Sondheim & Goldman's Follies Being Considered for Roundabout 2000 Season

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Roundabout producers are currently mulling options for their year 2000 schedule, including a revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman favorite, Follies.

Roundabout producers are currently mulling options for their year 2000 schedule, including a revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman favorite, Follies.

A Roundabout spokesperson told PBOL (July 7) that, "It's on a big list of shows that Todd [Haimes, Roundabout artistic director] wants to do... It's not going to be the first production [but] its been bandied about."

The classic musical is about veteran "Follies" stars and vaudevillians remembering their youth, and resolving conflicts of the heart that began back when they were chorus kids backstage. A revival was presented with an all-star cast including Tony Roberts, Ann Miller, Donna McKechnie, Dee Hoty and Liliane Montevecchi at NJ's Paper Mill Playhouse in 1998. The show failed to make a Broadway transfer, although several producers showed serious interest. The Roundabout spokesperson told PBOL that a Roundabout revival would have no connection to the Paper Mill production.

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The company has also had several closed readings this season of musicals, ranging from a new version of Rodgers and Hart's The Boys From Syracuse -- revised by Nicky Silver -- to a revised version of the Maltby and Shire musical Baby. A new musical, The Celebrated, Scandalous, Heroic, Misadventures of Tom Jones with music by Larry Grossman (Paper Moon) and book and lyrics by the late James Goldman (Lion in Winter), was also read. Roundabout is already scheduled to produce a Broadway revival of The Rainmaker at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson, starring Woody Harrelson (opening Nov. 11), and the American premiere of Brian's Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! at OB's Gramercy Theatre, beginning previews Sept. 10.

The multiple Tony-winning company has yet to confirm any shows for the soon to-be restored Selwyn Theatre, the Roundabout's new 42nd Street home.

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