Roundabout's Revival of Follies Starts Previews at Belasco, March 8

By Murdoch McBride
08 Mar 2001

The Roundabout Theatre revival of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's Follies begins previews on March 8. The show opens April 5. In rehearsal at the Belasco Theatre since Jan. 18, the hotly anticipated show has already been extended through Sept. 30.



The Roundabout Theatre revival of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's Follies begins previews on March 8. The show opens April 5. In rehearsal at the Belasco Theatre since Jan. 18, the hotly anticipated show 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, Peter Cormican, Colleen Dunn, Sally Mae Dunn, 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.

The musical numbers for the show have varied from production to production. The following list represents the songs currently being performed. Production sources say this list is subject to change during previews.

Act I
Prologue/Overture
"Beautiful Girls"
"Don't Look at Me"
"Waiting for the Girl Upstairs"
"Rain on the Roof"
"Ah, Paris"
"Broadway Baby"
"The Road You Didn't Take"
"Danse d'Amour"
"In Buddy's Eyes"
"Who's That Woman?"
"I'm Still Here"
"Too Many Mornings"

Act II
"The Right Girl"
"One More Kiss"
"Could I Leave You"
The Follies:
The Folly of Love:
"Loveland"
The Folly of Youth:
"You're Gonna Love Tomorrow"
"Love Will See Us Through"
Buddy's Folly:
"The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues"
Sally's Folly:
"Losing My Mind"
Phyllis' Folly
"The Story of Lucy and Jessie"
Ben's Folly:
"Live, Laugh, Love"

Tickets range $45-$90 and are now available through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200. The Belasco Theatre is at 111 W. 44th St. For additional information visit www.folliesonbroadway.com or www.roundabouttheatre.org.