The critically acclaimed revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies, which began life at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in May 2011, opened on Broadway September 12, 2011. The Broadway production went on to play 38 previews and 151 regular performances, closing January 22, 2012, at the Marquis Theatre.
Eric Schaeffer directed and Warren Carlyle choreographed a cast headed by multiple Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, five-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone, and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.
The production also starred Don Correia as Theodore Whitman, Christian Delcroix as Young Buddy, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Rosalind Elias as Heidi Schiller, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Dee Dee West, Lora Lee Gayer as Young Sally, Michael Hayes as Roscoe, Leah Horowitz as Young Heidi, Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell as Hattie Walker, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Kirsten Scott as Young Phyllis, Frederick Strother as Max Deems, Nick Verina as Young Ben, Tony Award nominee Susan Watson as Emily Whitman, and Terri White as Stella Deems.
Rounding out the ensemble were Lawrence Alexander, Brandon Bieber, John Carroll, Mathew deGuzman, Sara Edwards, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Suzanne Hylenski, Danielle Jordan, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Joseph Kolinski, Brittany Marcin, Erin N. Moore, Pamela Otterson, Clifton Samuels, Kiira Schmidt, Brian Shepard, Jessica Sheridan, Amos Wolff, and Ashley Yeater.
Look Back at Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, and Elaine Paige in Follies
Following Broadway, the musical transferred to Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre for a limited engagement featuring Tony winner Victoria Clark as Sally Durant Plummer. (Peters did not transfer with the production in order to fulfill concert engagements that she had previously postponed in order to play the Broadway run of Follies.)
Follies, which won the 1971 Tony Award for Best Score, has a book by Goldman and music and lyrics by Sondheim.
Follies was originally co-directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett on Broadway in 1971. Since then, it has received a legendary star-filled concert at Lincoln Center in 1985 (preserved on recording), a Roundabout revival on Broadway directed by Matthew Warchus in 2001 (not recorded), a City Center Encores! production in 2007 (not recorded) and numerous regional mountings, including a Paper Mill Playhouse engagement that featured Donna McKechnie and the late Ann Miller (preserved on a cast album). The original cast recording and a London cast recording that includes songs written for that run are also on the market. A London revival currently plays the National Theatre.
Follies concerns a group of former "Follies" stars who return to the site of their former glory, the Weismann Theatre, which is about to be demolished. Old wounds resurface as two Follies stars (Phyllis and Sally) and their husbands (Benjamin and Buddy) reassess their lives and what could have been.
Follies was produced on Broadway by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, Chairman; Michael M. Kaiser, President; Max Woodward, Vice President); Nederlander Presentations, Inc.; Adrienne Arsht; HRH Foundation, Sponsor; Allan Williams, Executive Producer.
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