By Murdoch McBride
05 Apr 2001
James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's Follies opens April 5 at the Belasco, after starting previews March 8. The Roundabout revival of the popular musical began rehearsals at the Belasco Theatre Jan. 18 and has 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.
Staging the musical favorite required that the Belasco be transformed into the crumbling Weismann Theatre on “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.
Follies engenders strong opinions and support from theatregoers. Since previews began, audiences have been split into two broad camps. Those who saw earlier productions on Broadway, in London or at the Paper Mill Playhouse are more likely to compare the production values of this show with those of earlier stagings--which some considered to be more elaborate. First time audiences, on the other hand, have tended to react more favorably to the current show, perhaps in direct response to the cast’s sincerity.
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.
"Don't Look at Me"
"Waiting for the Girl Upstairs"
"Rain on the Roof"
"The Road You Didn't Take"
"In Buddy's Eyes"
"Who's That Woman?"
"I'm Still Here"
"Too Many Mornings"
"The Right Girl"
"One More Kiss"
"Could I Leave You"
The Folly of Love:
The Folly of Youth:
"You're Gonna Love Tomorrow"
"Love Will See Us Through"
"The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues"
"Losing My Mind"
"The Story of Lucy and Jessie"
"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.