Originally entitled The Girls Upstairs, Follies is set in a crumbling Broadway theatre scheduled for demolition, during a reunion for all the past members of the "Weismann's Follies," a musical revue (based on the Ziegfeld Follies) which played in that theatre between the World Wars. The musical focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Ben and Phyllis Rogers Stone, who are attending the reunion. Sally and Phyllis were both showgirls in the Follies as were many of the other guests. Both marriages are having problems. Buddy, a traveling salesman, is having an affair with a girl on the road; Sally is still as much in love with Ben as she was years ago; and Ben is so self-absorbed that Phyllis feels emotionally abandoned. Ben, in the meantime, has insecurities of his own.
The two couples interact with each other and other partygoers. Throughout the first half, musical numbers from the old Follies are performed by the characters, sometimes accompanied by the ghosts of their former selves. Most of the songs are pastiches of songs by popular songwriters of the past. Losing My Mind is in the style of a George Gershwin ballad, The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues is in the style of Cole Porter and Loveland is akin to a 1920s Ziegfeld Follies serenade. The last section of the show features a string of subversive vaudeville-style numbers reflecting the leading characters' emotional troubles before returning to the theatre for the end of the reunion party.
Original Version  Broadway
London Version  West End premiere
Paper Mill Version  Paper Mill Playhouse
Roundabout Version  prepared for the 2001 revival
Encores! Version 
Broadway Revival Version  Broadway/Kennedy Center
Follies had its pre-Broadway tryout at the Colonial Theatre, Boston, from February 20 through March 20, 1971.
Follies premiered on Broadway on April 4, 1971 at the Winter Garden Theatre. It was directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, with choreography by Bennett, scenic design by Boris Aronson, costumes by Florence Klotz, and lighting by Tharon Musser. It starred Alexis Smith (Phyllis), John McMartin (Ben), Dorothy Collins (Sally), Gene Nelson (Buddy), along with several veterans of the Broadway and vaudeville stage. The supporting role of Carlotta was created by Yvonne De Carlo, and usually is given to a well-known veteran performer who can belt out a song. Other notable performers in the original productions were: Fifi D'Orsay as Solange LaFitte, Justine Johnston as Heidi Schiller, Mary McCarty as Stella Deems, Arnold Moss as Dimitri Weismann, Ethel Shutta as Hattie Walker, and Marcie Stringer and Charles Welch as Emily and Theodore Whitman.
The show closed on July 1, 1972 after 522 performances and 12 previews. According to Variety Magazine, the production was a "total financial failure, with a cumulative loss of $792,000." Prince planned to present the musical on the West Coast and then on a national tour. However, the show did not do well in its Los Angeles engagement and plans for a tour ended.
Frank Rich, for many years the chief drama critic for The New York Times, had first garnered attention, while an undergraduate at Harvard University, with a lengthy essay for the Harvard Crimson about the show, which he had seen during its pre-Broadway run in Boston. He predicted that the show eventually would achieve recognition as a Broadway classic. Rich later wrote that audiences at the original production were baffled and restless.
For commercial reasons, the cast album was cut from two LPs to one early in production. Most songs were therefore heavily abridged and several were left entirely unrecorded. According to Craig Zadan, "It's generally felt that ... Prince made a mistake by giving the recording rights of Follies to Capitol Records, which in order to squeeze the unusually long score onto one disc, mutilated the songs by condensing some and omitting others." Chapin confirms this: "Alas ... final word came from Capitol that they would not go for two records.... [Dick Jones] now had to propose cuts throughout the score in consultation with Steve." "One More Kiss" was omitted from the final release but was restored for CD release. Chapin relates that "there was one song that Dick Jones [producer of the cast album] didn't want to include on the album but which Steve Sondheim most definitely did. The song was "One More Kiss", and the compromise was that if there was time, it would be recorded, even if Jones couldn't promise it would end up on the album. (It did get recorded but didn't make its way onto the album until the CD reissue years later.)"
1972 Los Angeles
The musical was produced at The Muny, St. Louis, Missouri in July 1972 and then transferred to the Shubert Theatre, Century City, California, running from July 22, 1972 through October 1, 1972. It was directed by Prince and starred Dorothy Collins (Sally; replaced by Janet Blair), Alexis Smith (Phyllis), John McMartin (Ben; replaced by Edward Winter), Gene Nelson (Buddy), and Yvonne De Carlo (Carlotta) reprising their original roles. The production was the premiere attraction at the newly constructed 1,800-seat theatre, which, ironically, was itself razed thirty years later (in 2002, in order to build a new office building), thus mirroring the Follies plot line upon which the musical is based.
1985 Wythenshawe and Lincoln Center
A full production ran at the Forum Theatre, Wythenshawe, England, from 30 April 1985, directed by Howard Lloyd-Lewis, design by Chris Kinman, costumes by Charles Cusick-Smith, lighting by Tim Wratten, musical direction by Simon Lowe, and choreographed by Paul Kerryson. The cast included Mary Millar (Sally Durant Plummer), Liz Izen (Young Sally), Meg Johnson (Stella Deems), Les Want (Max Deems), Betty Benfield (Heidi Schiller), Joseph Powell (Roscoe), Chili Bouchier (Hattie Walker), Shirley Greenwood (Emily Whitman), Bryan Burdon (Theodore Whitman), Monica Dell (Solange LaFitte), Jeannie Harris (Carlotta Campion), Josephine Blake (Phyllis Rogers Stone), Kevin Colson (Ben), Debbie Snook (Young Phyllis), Stephen Hale (Young Ben), Bill Bradley (Buddy Plummer), Paul Burton (Young Buddy), David Scase (Dimitri Weismann), Lorraine Croft (Young Stella), and Meryl Richardson (Young Heidi).
A staged concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, was performed on September 6 and 7, 1985. The concert starred Barbara Cook (Sally), George Hearn (Ben), Mandy Patinkin (Buddy), and Lee Remick (Phyllis), and featured Carol Burnett (Carlotta), Betty Comden (Emily), Adolph Green (Theodore), Liliane Montevecchi (Solange LaFitte), Elaine Stritch (Hattie Walker), Phyllis Newman (Stella Deems), Jim Walton (Young Buddy), Howard McGillin (Young Ben), Liz Callaway (Young Sally), Daisy Prince (Young Phyllis), Andre Gregory (Dmitri), Arthur Rubin (Roscoe), and Licia Albanese (Heidi Schiller). Rich, in his review, noted that "As performed at Avery Fisher Hall, the score emerged as an original whole, in which the 'modern' music and mock vintage tunes constantly comment on each other, much as the script's action unfolds simultaneously in 1971 (the year of the reunion) and 1941 (the year the Follies disbanded)."
Among the reasons the concert was staged was to provide an opportunity to record the entire score. The resulting album was more complete than the original cast album. However, director Herbert Ross took some liberties in adapting the book and score for the concert format—dance music was changed, songs were given false endings, new dialogue was spoken, reprises were added, and Patinkin was allowed to sing "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues" as a solo instead of a trio with two chorus girls. Portions of the concert were seen by audiences worldwide in the televised documentary about the making of the concert, also released on videotape and DVD, of 'Follies' in Concert.
1987 West End
The musical played in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre on July 21, 1987 and closed on February 4, 1989 after 644 performances. The producer was Cameron Mackintosh, direction was by Mike Ockrent, with choreography by Bob Avian and design by Maria Bjornson. The cast featured Diana Rigg (Phyllis), Daniel Massey (Ben), Julia McKenzie (Sally), David Healy (Buddy), Lynda Baron, Leonard Sachs, Maria Charles, Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson. Dolores Gray was praised as Carlotta. During the run, Eartha Kitt replaced Gray, sparking somewhat of a comeback (she went on to perform her own one woman show at The Shaftesbury Theatre to sell-out houses for three weeks from 18 March 1989 after "Follies" closed). Other cast replacements included Millicent Martin as Phyllis. Julia McKenzie returned to the production for the final four performances.
The book "was extensively reworked by James Goldman, with Sondheim's cooperation and also given an intermission." The producer Cameron Mackintosh did not like "that there was no change in the characters from beginning to end.... In the London production ... the characters come to understand each other." Sondheim "did not think the London script was as good as the original." However, he thought that it was "wonderful" that, at the end of the first act, "the principal characters recognized their younger selves and were able to acknowledge them throughout the last thirty minutes of the piece." Sondheim wrote four new songs: "Country House" (replacing "The Road You Didn't Take"), "Loveland" (replacing the song of the same title), "Ah, But Underneath" (replacing "The Story of Lucy and Jessie", for the non-dancer Diana Rigg), and "Make the Most of Your Music" (replacing "Live, Laugh, Love").
Critics who had seen the production in New York (such as Frank Rich) found it substantially more "upbeat" and lacking in the atmosphere it had originally possessed. According to the Associated Press (AP) reviewer, "A revised version of the Broadway hit "Follies" received a standing ovation from its opening-night audience and raves from British critics, who said the show was worth a 16-year wait." The AP quoted Michael Convey of The Financial Times, who wrote: "'Follies' is a great deal more than a camp love-in for old burlesque buffs and Sondheim aficionados." The New York Times critic wrote: "The initial critics' reviews ranged from unqualified raves to some doubts whether the reworked book of James Goldman is up to the inventiveness of Sondheim's songs. 'A truly fantastic evening,' The Financial Times concluded, while The London Daily News said, 'The musical is inspired,' and The Times described the evening as 'a wonderful idea for a show which has failed to grow into a story.'" He further commented: "In part, the show is a tribute to musical stage history, in which the 57-year-old Mr. Sondheim is steeped, for he first learned song writing at the knee of Oscar Hammerstein II and became the acknowledged master songwriter who bridged past musical stage romance into the modern musical era of irony and neurosis. Follies is a blend of both, and the new production is rounded out with production numbers celebrating love's simple hope for young lovers, its extravagant fantasies for Ziegfeld aficionados, and its fresh lesson for the graying principals."
This production was also recorded on two CDs and was the first full recording.
Follies was voted ninth in a BBC Radio 2 listener poll of the UK's "Nation's Number One Essential Musicals."
U.S. regional productions
Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT) was the first major American opera company to present Follies as part of their main stage repertoire, running from October 21, 1988 through November 6. The MOT production starred Nancy Dussault (Sally), John-Charles Kelly (Buddy), Juliet Prowse (Phyllis) and Ron Raines (Ben), Edie Adams (Carlotta), Thelma Lee (Hattie), and Dennis Grimaldi (Vincent).
A production also ran from March to April 1995 at the Theatre Under the Stars, Houston, Texas and in April to May 1995 at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle with Constance Towers (Phyllis), Judy Kaye (Sally), Edie Adams, Denise Darcel, Virginia Mayo and Karen Morrow (Carlotta). The 1998 Paper Mill Playhouse production (Millburn, New Jersey) was directed by Robert Johanson with choreography by Jerry Mitchell and starred Donna McKechnie (Sally), Dee Hoty (Phyllis), Laurence Guittard (Ben), Tony Roberts (Buddy), Kaye Ballard (Hattie ), Eddie Bracken (Weismann), and Ann Miller (Carlotta). Phyllis Newman and Liliane Montevecchi reprised the roles they played in the Lincoln Center production. "Ah, But Underneath" was substituted for "The Story of Lucy and Jessie" in order to accommodate non-dancer Hoty. This production received a full-length recording on two CDs, including not only the entire score as originally written, but a lengthy appendix of songs cut from the original production in tryouts.
Julianne Boyd directed a fully staged version of Follies in 2005 by the Barrington Stage Company (Massachusetts) in June–July 2005. Principal cast included Kim Crosby (Sally), Leslie Denniston (Phyllis), Jeff McCarthy (Ben), Lara Teeter (Buddy), Joy Franz (Solange), Marni Nixon (Heidi), and Donna McKechnie (Carlotta). Stephen Sondheim attended one of the performances.
1996 and 1998 concerts
The Dublin Concert was held in May 1996 at the National Concert Hall. The cast included Lorna Luft, Millicent Martin, Mary Millar Dave Willetts, Alex Sharpe, Christine Scarry, Aidan Conway and Enda Markey.
A concert was held at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, on December 8, 1996, and broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on February 15, 1997. The cast starred Julia McKenzie (Sally), Donna McKechnie (Phyllis), Denis Quilley (Ben) and Ron Moody (Buddy). This show recreated the original Broadway score.
Follies was performed in concert at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in February 1998 as the highlight of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and had three performances. It followed a similar presentation at the 1995 Melbourne Festival of Arts. The show starred Toni Lamond (Sally), Jill Perryman, Judi Connelli, Terence Donovan, Ron Haddrick, Todd McKenney, and Leonie Page.
2001 Broadway revival
A Broadway revival opened at the Belasco Theatre on April 5, 2001 and closed on July 14, 2001 after 117 performances and 32 previews. This Roundabout Theatre limited engagement had been expected to close on September 30, 2001. Directed by Matthew Warchus with choreography by Kathleen Marshall, it starred Blythe Danner (Phyllis), Judith Ivey (Sally), Treat Williams (Buddy), Gregory Harrison (Ben), Marge Champion, Polly Bergen (Carlotta), Joan Roberts (the original Laurey from the original Broadway production of Oklahoma!; later replaced by Marni Nixon), Larry Raiken (Roscoe) and an assortment of famous names from the past. Former MGM and onetime Broadway star Betty Garrett, best-known to younger audiences for her television work, played Hattie. It was significantly stripped down (earlier productions had featured extravagant sets and costumes) and was not a success critically.
According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, "almost every performance of the show played to a full house, more often than not to standing-room-only. Tickets always were tough to come by. The reason the final curtain came down Saturday was because, being a production by the Roundabout Theatre Company – a subscription-based 'not-for-profit' theater company – it was presented under special Equity terms, with its actors paid a minimal fee. To extend the show, it would have been necessary to negotiate new contracts with the entire company ... because of the Belasco's limited seating, it wasn't deemed financially feasible to do so."
Theatre writer and historian John Kenrick wrote, "the bad news is that this Follies is a dramatic and conceptual failure. The good news is that it also features some of the most exciting musical moments Broadway has seen in several seasons. Since you don't get those moments from the production, the book or the leads, that leaves the featured ensemble, and in Follies that amounts to a small army. ... Marge Champion and Donald Saddler are endearing as the old hoofers. ... I dare you not to fall in love with Betty Garrett's understated "Broadway Baby" – you just want to pick her up and hug her. Polly Bergen stops everything cold with "I’m Still Here," bringing a rare degree of introspection to a song that is too often a mere belt-fest.... [T]he emotional highpoint comes when Joan Roberts sings 'One More Kiss'."
2002 London revival
A production was mounted at London's Royal Festival Hall in a limited engagement. After previews from August 3, 2002, it opened officially on August 6, and closed on August 31, 2002. Paul Kerryson directed, and the cast starred David Durham as Ben, Kathryn Evans as Sally, Louise Gold as Phyllis, Julia Goss as Heidi and Henry Goodman as Buddy. Variety singer and performer Joan Savage sang "Broadway Baby". This production featured the original Broadway score.
2002 Los Angeles
Follies was part of L.A.'s Reprise series, and it was housed at the Wadsworth Theatre, presented as a staged concert, running from June 15 to June 23, 2002. The production was directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman, set design by Ray Klausen, lighting design by Tom Ruzika, costumes by Randy Gardell, sound design by Philip G. Allen, choreography by Kay Cole, musical director Gerald Sternbach.
The production starred Bob Gunton (Ben), Warren Berlinger (Dimitri Weismann), Patty Duke (Phyllis), Vikki Carr (Sally), Harry Groener (Buddy), Carole Cook (Hattie), Carol Lawrence (Vanessa), Ken Page (Roscoe), Liz Torres (Stella), Amanda McBroom (Solange), Grover Dale (Vincent), Donna McKechnie (Carlotta), Carole Swarbrick (Christine), Stella Stevens (Dee Dee), Mary Jo Catlett (Emily), Justine Johnston (Heidi), Jean Louisa Kelly (Young Sally), Austin Miller (Young Buddy), Tia Riebling (Young Phyllis), Kevin Earley (Young Ben), Abby Feldman (Young Stella), Barbara Chiofalo (Young Heidi), Trevor Brackney (Young Vincent), Melissa Driscoll (Young Vanessa), Stephen Reed (Kevin),and Billy Barnes (Theodore). Hal Linden was originally going to play Ben, but left because he was cast in the Broadway revival of Cabaret as Herr Schultz. Tom Bosley was also originally cast as Dimitri Weismann.
2007 New York City Center Encores!
New York City Center's Encores! "Great American Musicals in Concert" series featured Follies as its 40th production for six performances in February 2007 in a sold out semi-staged concert. The cast starred Donna Murphy (Phyllis), Victoria Clark (Sally), Victor Garber (Ben) and Michael McGrath (Buddy). Christine Baranski played Carlotta, and Lucine Amara sang Heidi. The cast also included Anne Rogers, Jo Anne Worley and Philip Bosco. The director and choreographer was Casey Nicholaw. This production used the original text and the "Loveland" lyrics performed in the 1987 London production.
2011 Kennedy Center and Broadway
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts production at the Eisenhower Theatre started previews on May 7, 2011, with an official opening on May 21, and closed on June 19, 2011. The cast starred Bernadette Peters as Sally, Jan Maxwell as Phyllis, Elaine Paige as Carlotta, Linda Lavin as Hattie, Ron Raines as Ben and Danny Burstein as Buddy. The production was directed by Eric Schaeffer, with choreography by Warren Carlyle, costumes by Gregg Barnes, set by Derek McLane and lighting by Natasha Katz. Also featured were Rosalind Elias as Heidi, Régine as Solange, Susan Watson as Emily, and Terri White as Stella. The budget was reported to be $7.3 million. The production played to 95% capacity.
Reviews were mixed, with Ben Brantley of The New York Times writing, "It wasn't until the second act that I fell in love all over again with Follies". Peter Marks of The Washington Post wrote that the revival "takes an audience halfway to paradise." He praised a "broodingly luminous Jan Maxwell" and Burstein's "hapless onetime stage-door Johnny", as well as "the show's final 20 minutes, when we ascend with the main characters into an ironic vaudeville dreamscape of assorted neuroses - the most intoxicating articulation of the musical's 'Loveland' sequence that I've ever seen." Variety gave a very favorable review to the "lavish and entirely satisfying production", saying that Schaeffer directs "in methodical fashion, building progressively to a crescendo exactly as Sondheim does with so many of his stirring melodies. Several show-stopping routines are provided by choreographer Warren Carlyle." Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal noted that "One of the signal achievements of this 'Follies' is that it succeeds in untangling each and every strand of the show's knotty plot... Mr. Schaeffer is clearly unafraid of the darkness of 'Follies', so much so that the first act is bitter enough to sting. Yet he and Warren Carlyle ... just as clearly revel in the richness of the knowing pastiche songs with which Mr. Sondheim evokes the popular music of the prerock era."
The production transferred to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre in a limited engagement starting previews on August 7, 2011, with the official opening on September 12, and closing on January 22, 2012 after 151 performances and 38 previews. The four principal performers reprised their roles, as well as Paige as Carlotta. Jayne Houdyshell as Hattie, Mary Beth Peil as Solange LaFitte, and Don Correia as Theodore joined the Broadway cast. A two-disc cast album of this production was recorded by PS Classics and was released on November 29, 2011.
Brantley reviewed the Broadway revival for The New York Times, writing: "Somewhere along the road from Washington to Broadway, the Kennedy Center production of 'Follies' picked up a pulse. ... I am happy to report that since then, Ms. Peters has connected with her inner frump, Mr. Raines has found the brittle skeleton within his solid flesh, and Ms. Maxwell and Mr. Burstein have only improved. Two new additions to the cast, Jayne Houdyshell and Mary Beth Peil, are terrific. This production has taken on the glint of crystalline sharpness." The production's run was extended, and its grosses exceeded expectations, but it did not recoup its investment.
The Broadway production won the Drama League Award, Distinguished Production of a Musical Revival for 2011-12 and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Burstein) and Outstanding Costume Design (Barnes). Out of seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, it won only one, for Barnes' costumes.
2012 Los Angeles
The 2011 Broadway and Kennedy Center production transferred to the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, California, in a limited engagement, from May 3, 2012 through June 9. The majority of the Broadway cast reprised their roles, with the exception of Bernadette Peters, who had prior concert commitments and was replaced by Victoria Clark in the role of Sally, a role she has previously played in New York. Other new cast members included Carol Neblett as Heidi, Sammy Williams as Theodore and Obba Babatunde as Max.
2012-2013 Toulon Opera House (France)
For its first production in France, Follies is scheduled to be presented in the Toulon Opera House during the 2012–2013 season. This English-language production will be directed by Olivier Bénézech. The cast will feature: Charlotte Page (Sally), Liz Robertson (Phyllis), Graham Bickley (Ben), Jérôme Pradon (Buddy), Nicole Croisille (Carlotta) and Julia Sutton (Hattie)
"Prologue" – Orchestra
"Overture" – Orchestra
"Beautiful Girls" – Roscoe and Company
"Don't Look at Me" – Sally and Ben
"Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" – Ben, Sally, Phyllis and Buddy, Young Ben, Young Sally, Young Phyllis and Young Buddy
"Montage" ("Rain on the Roof"/"Ah, Paris!"/"Broadway Baby") – Emily, Theodore, Solange, and Hattie
"The Road You Didn't Take" – Ben
"Bolero d'Amour" – Danced by Vincent and Vanessa ≠≠
"In Buddy's Eyes" – Sally
"Who's That Woman?" – Stella and Company
"I'm Still Here" – Carlotta
"Too Many Mornings" – Ben and Sally
"The Right Girl" – Buddy
"One More Kiss" – Heidi and Young Heidi
"Could I Leave You?" – Phyllis
"Loveland" – Company
"You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" / "Love Will See Us Through" – Young Ben, Young Sally, Young Phyllis and Young Buddy
"The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues" – Buddy, "Margie", "Sally"
"Losing My Mind" – Sally
"The Story of Lucy and Jessie" ≠ – Phyllis and Company
"Live, Laugh, Love" – Ben and Company
"Chaos" – Ben and Company
"Finale" – Young Buddy and Young Ben
≠ Some productions substitute "Ah, But Underneath"
≠≠ Omitted from some productions
Note: this is the original song list from the original Broadway production in 1971.
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Follies (1971-02-Colonial Theatre-Boston)Type de série: Pre-Broasway Try Out
Théâtre: Colonial Theatre (Boston - Etats-Unis) Durée : 4 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : samedi 20 février 1971Première : samedi 20 février 1971Dernière : samedi 20 mars 1971Mise en scène : Harold Prince • Chorégraphie : Michael Bennet • Producteur :
Follies (1971-04-Winter Garden Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Original Broadway
Théâtre: Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 an 2 mois 4 semaines Nombre : 12 previews - 522 représentationsPremière Preview : mercredi 24 mars 1971Première : dimanche 04 avril 1971Dernière : samedi 01 juillet 1972Mise en scène : Harold Prince • Chorégraphie : Michael Bennet • Producteur : Avec : Sally Durant Plummer ... Dorothy Collins / Young Sally ... Marti Rolph / Hattie Walker ... Ethel Shutta / Carlotta Campion ... Yvonne De Carlo / Phyllis Rogers Stone ... Alexis Smith / Benjamin Stone ... John McMartin / Young Phyllis ... Virginia Sandifur / Young Ben ... Kurt Peterson / Buddy Plummer ... Gene Nelson / Young Buddy ... Harvey EvansCommentaires longs: During the run, the character of Christine Donovan was renamed Christine Crane. Also, the character of Dee Dee West was renamed Sandra Donovan. / In the Loveland sequence: The Spirit of First Love - Kathie Dalton; The Spirit of Young Love - Margot Travers; The Spirit of True Love - Suzanne Briggs; The Spirit of Pure Love - Trudy Carson; The Spirit of Romantic Love - Linda Perkins; The Spirit of Eternal Love - Ursula Maschmeyer / In “Buddy’s Blues”, Gene Nelson was accompanied by Suzanne Rogers and Rita O'Connor.
•Best Music and Lyrics (Stephen Sondheim )
•Best Director (Harold Prince and Michael Bennett)
•Best Actress in a Musical (Alexis Smith)
•Best Choreographer (Michael Bennett)
•Best Scenic Design (Boris Aronson)
•Best Costumes (Florence Klotz)
•Best Lighting (Tharon Musser)
•New York Drama Critics' Award for Best Musical
Follies (1972-07-US Tour)Type de série: US Tour
Théâtre: US Tour ( - Etats-Unis) Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : InconnuPremière : samedi 22 juillet 1972Dernière : dimanche 01 octobre 1972Mise en scène : Harold Prince • Chorégraphie : Michael Bennet • Producteur : Avec : Major-Domo ... Joseph Nelson / Sally Durant Plummer ... Dorothy Collins / Young Sally ... Marti Rolph / Christine Crane ... Jan Clayton / Willy Wheeler ... Joel Craig / Stella Deems ... Mary McCarty / Max Deems ... Keith Kaldenberg / Heidi Schiller ... Justine Johnston / Chauffeur ... John Grigas / Meredith Lane ... Terry SaundersCommentaires longs: The entire OBC production was moved from Broadway after it closed. It first played at The Muny in St. Louis, MO for one week prior to opening in Los Angeles. / It was the first production to play at the new Shubert Theatre in LA.
Follies (1976-05-Equity Library Theatre-Off Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Equity Library Theatre (Broadway (Off) - Etats-Unis) Durée : 3 semaines Nombre : 30 représentationsPremière Preview : jeudi 06 mai 1976Première : jeudi 06 mai 1976Dernière : dimanche 30 mai 1976Mise en scène : Russel Treyz • Chorégraphie : John Montgomery • Producteur :
Follies (1985-04-Forum Theatre-Manchester)Type de série: Original Europe
Théâtre: Forum Theatre (Manchester - Angleterre) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : InconnuPremière : mardi 30 avril 1985Dernière : InconnuMise en scène : Howard Lloyd-Lewis • Chorégraphie : Paul Kerryson • Producteur : Avec : Sally Durant Plummer - Mary Millar / Young Sally - Liz Izen / Francesca - Linda Jane Holmes / Stella Deems - Meg Johnson / Max Deems - Les Want / Heidi Schiller - Betty Benfield / Charles D. Bonhof - Richard Torn / Roscoe - Joseph Powell / Hattie Walker - Chili Bouchier / Emily Whitman - Shirley Greenwood / Theodore Whitman - Bryan Burdon / Vincent - Peter Honri / Vanessa - Marie Lorraine / Photographer - Anthony Thomas James / Young Vanessa - Kim Ismay / Solange LaFitte - Monica Dell / Carlotta Campion - Jeannie Harris / Phyllis Rogers Stone - Josephine Blake / Benjamin Stone - Kevin Colson / Young Phyllis - Debbie Snook / Young Ben - Stephen Hale / Buddy Plummer - Bill Bradley / Young Buddy - Paaul Burton / Dimitri Weismann - David Scase / Young Stella - Lorraine Croft / Young Heidi - Meryl Richardson / Kevin - David Morgan-Young / Chauffeur - Anthony O’Driscoll / Young Vincent - Mitch SebastianCommentaires longs: Première Européenne
Follies (1987-07-Shaftesbury Theatre-London)Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Shaftesbury Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 1 an 6 mois 2 semaines Nombre : 644 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : mardi 21 juillet 1987Dernière : samedi 04 février 1989Mise en scène : Mike Ockrent • Chorégraphie : Bob Avian • Producteur : Avec : Phyllis Rogers Stone - Diana Rigg [replaced by Millicent Martin] / Sally Durant Plummer - Julia McKenzie / Ben Stone - Daniel Massey / Buddy Plummer - David Healy / Carlotta Campion - Dolores Gray [replaced by Eartha Kitt] / Stella Deems - Lynda Baron [replaced by Meg Johnson] / Billie Whitman - Pearl Carr / Wally Whitman - Teddy Johnson / Solange Lafitte - Maria Charles / Hattie Walker - Margaret Courtenay [replaced by Hope Jackman] / Heidi Schiller - Adele Leigh [replaced by Eileen Page] / Dimitri Weissman - Leonard Sachs [replaced by Harold Kasket] / Stage Manager - Roy Sone / Ronnie Cohen - Ronnie Price / Roscoe - Paul Bentley [replaced by John Fryatt, replaced by David Eynon] / Young Phyllis - Gillian Bevan [replaced by Sally Ann Triplett] / Young Sally - Deborah Poplett [replaced by Jenna Russell] / Young Ben - Simon Green [replaced by Dursley McLinden] / Young Buddy - Evan Pappas [replaced by Anthony Barclay] / Christine Donovan - Josephine Gordon / Deedee West - Dorothy Vernon [replaced by Patricia Lancaster] / Meredith Lane - Jill Martin / Max Blanck - Bruce Graham [replaced by Patrick McCarthy] / Young Heidi - Michelle Todd [replaced by Maureen-Sarah Roche] / Margie - Sally Ann Triplett [replaced by Dawn Spence]Commentaires : The show had originally been produced on Broadway April 4th 1971 with a cast including Dorothy Collins, Alexis Smith, Gene Nelson and Yvonne de Carlo. It ran for 522 performances with critical success, but was such a large-scale show that it never recovered its production costs and ended up making a loss.
Cameron Mackintosh insisted on a number of revisions for this London premiere, and scenes were re-arranged, numbers cut, and new numbers written. The London show, too, was a critical success (though not a financial one) but ultimately Sondheim preferred the original New York version, and from then onwards it is the Broadway version that is the only one available for performance. Among a number of cast changes at the end of the first year, Millicent Martin took over from Diana Rigg and Eartha Kitt replaced Dolores Gray.
Follies (1991-09-Theater des Westens-Berlin)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Theater des Westens (Berlin - Allemagne) Durée : 2 mois Nombre : Première Preview : vendredi 27 septembre 1991Première : vendredi 27 septembre 1991Dernière : dimanche 01 décembre 1991Mise en scène : Helmut Baumann • Chorégraphie : ???? ???? • Producteur : Commentaires : Création en Allemagne
Follies (1996-06-Kenneth More Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Kenneth More Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : Nombre : Première Preview : mardi 18 juin 1996Première : mardi 18 juin 1996Dernière : samedi 22 juin 1996Mise en scène : Vivian Ellacott • Chorégraphie : Loraine Porter • Producteur : Avec : Laura Nayman (Sally), Loraine Porter (Phyllis), Reg Wheeler (Buddy), Leonard Charles (Ben), Don Fletcher (Weisman), Brenda Brackley (Carlotta), Frances Chanter (Stella), Hilda Hooper (Heidi), Lynn Temple (Solange), Jenny Oates (Hattie), David Rose & Joan Baxter, Jeremy Smith, Nic Greenshields, Pharic ScottCommentaires : This was the first London production of the “original” Broadway version. The 1987 London premiere had new songs and some alterations requested by Cameron Mackintosh, but Sondheim ultimately decided he preferred this earlier version. This production used Maria Bjomson’s original West End costumes, kindly loaned by Cameron Mackintosh.
Follies (1996-12-Drury Lane Concert)Type de série: Concert
Théâtre: Drury Lane Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : Nombre : 1 représentationsPremière Preview : InconnuPremière : dimanche 08 décembre 1996Dernière : dimanche 08 décembre 1996Mise en scène : Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Sally Durant Plummer ... Julia McKenzie
Phyllis Rogers Stone ... Donna McKechnie
Benjamin Stone ... Denis Quilley
Buddy Plummer ... Ron Moody
Carlotta Campion ... Angela Richards
Stella Deems ... Joan Savage
Hattie Walker ... Libby Morris
Solange LaFitte ... Elizabeth Seal
Roscoe ... Stephen Hill
Heidi Schiller ... Eileen PageCommentaires longs: This concert used the libretto from the original Broadway production, not any subsequent revisions. / The performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on February 15, 1997.
Follies (1998-04-Paper Mill Playhouse-Milburn)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn - Etats-Unis) Durée : 1 mois 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : InconnuPremière : mercredi 15 avril 1998Dernière : dimanche 31 mai 1998Mise en scène : Robert Johanson • Chorégraphie : Jerry Mitchell • Producteur : Avec : Dmitri Weismann - Eddie Bracken / Sally Durant Plummer - Donna McKechnie / Young Sally - Danette Holden / Phyllis Rogers Stone - Dee Hoty / Young Phyllis - Meredith Patterson / Carlotta Campion - Ann Miller / Young Carlotta - Jillana Urbina / Hattie Walker - Kaye Ballard / Young Hattie - Krista Lepore / Stella Deems - Phyllis Newman / Young Stella - Pamela Jordan / Solange La Fitte - Liliane Montevecchi / Young Solange - Jean Marie / Heidi Schiller - Carol Skarimbas / Young Heidi - Ingrid Ladendorf / Emily Whitman - Natalie Mosco / Young Emily - Pascale Faye / Christine Donovan - Ann Cunningham / Young Christine - Temple Kane / Sandra Crane - Laura Kenyon / Young Sandra - Julie Connors / Dee Dee West - Billie Thrash / Young Dee Dee - Karen Lifshey / / Benjamin Stone - Laurence Guittard / Young Ben - Michael Gruber / Buddy Plummer - Tony Roberts / Young Buddy - Billy Hartung / Roscoe - Vahan Khanzadian / Young Roscoe - Peter Davenport / Theodore Whitman - Donald Saddler / Young Theodore - Arte PhillipsCommentaires longs: "Who's That Woman" used the original Michael Bennett/Bob Avian choreography. / There was talk of a Broadway transfer, but James Goldman's widow did not give her consent. This was presumeably done because of the Roundabout Theatre revival three years later.
Follies (2001-04-Belasco Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Belasco Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 3 mois 1 semaine Nombre : 31 previews - 117 représentationsPremière Preview : jeudi 08 mars 2001Première : jeudi 05 avril 2001Dernière : samedi 14 juillet 2001Mise en scène : Matthew Warchus • Chorégraphie : Kathleen Marshall • Producteur : Avec : Sally Durant Plummer ... Judith Ivey / Stella Deems ... Carol Woods / Solange LaFitte ... Jane White / Heidi Schiller ... Joan Roberts (i) / Carlotta Campion ... Polly Bergen / Hattie Walker ... Betty Garrett / Phyllis Rogers Stone ... Blythe Danner / Benjamin Stone ... Gregory Harrison / Buddy Plummer ... Treat Williams / Dimitri Weismann ... Louis ZorichCommentaires longs: A total of 14 players were in the pit for this production. The musical director, Eric Stern, also played the piano. There were three woodwind players, two trumpet players, one trombone player, one percussionist, two violinists, one violist, one cellist, one harp player, and one bass player.
Joan Barber was standby for three roles in this production. In addition, she went on as Solange LaFitte at least once, although it seems that she was never listed as covering that role.
Follies (2002-08-Royal Festival Hall-London)Type de série: Concert
Théâtre: Royal Festival Hall (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 3 semaines Nombre : 32 représentationsPremière Preview : vendredi 02 août 2002Première : mardi 06 août 2002Dernière : samedi 31 août 2002Mise en scène : Paul Kerryson • Chorégraphie : David Needham • Producteur : Avec : Phyllis Rogers Stone - Louise Gold / Benjamin Stone - David Durham / Sally Durant Plummer - Kathryn Evans / Buddy Plummer - Henry Goodman / Young Phyllis - Kerry Jay / Young Ben - Hugh Maynard / Young Sally - Emma Clifford / Young Buddy - Matthew Cammelle / Stella Deems - Shezwae Powell / Hattie Walker - Joan Savage / Carlotta Campion - Diane Langton / Solange La Fitte - Anna Nicholas / Heidi Schiller - Julia Goss / Young Heidi - Philippa Healey / Emily Whitman - Myra Sands / Young Stella - Keisha Marina Atwell / Margie - Tiffany Graves / Dimitri Weismann - Russell Dixon / Roscoe - Paul Bentley / Theodore Whitman - Tony Kemp / Max - Nick HamiltonCommentaires : This was the “original” Broadway version as preferred by Sondheim, though several critics expressed their preference for the 1987 London version. It was given as a “proper” staging, though the restrictions of a 3,000 seat concert hall seemed to work against it. However, the performances of Kathryn Evans and Joan Savage were especially praised.
Follies (2006-09-Landor Theatre-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Landor Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : mardi 19 septembre 2006Première : jeudi 21 septembre 2006Dernière : samedi 14 octobre 2006Mise en scène : Robert McWhir • Chorégraphie : Robert O’Reilly • Producteur : Avec : Claire Moore (Sally Durant Plummer), Sarah Payne (Phyllis Rogers Stone), Bryan Kennedy (Buddy Plummer), Leo Andrew (Ben Stone), Nova Skipp (Young Sally), Claire Winsper (Young Phyllis), Dominic Brewer (Young Buddy), Callum McIntosh (Young Ben), Brian Jackson (Dimitri Weissman), Ian Dring (Roscoe), Helen Watson (Emily Whitman), Paul Tate (Theodore Whitman), Anne Smith (Solange La Fitte), Rachel Izen (Hattie Walker), Carol Ball (Stella Deems), David Bradshawe (Max Deems), Adele Anderson (Carlotta Campion), Roni Page (Heidi Schiller), Francesca Sibthorp (Young Solange), Caroline Newman (Young Stella), Christine Holman (Young Carlotta), Hope McNamara (Young Heidi), Francesca Sibthorp (Waitress/Francesca), Peter Scrivens (Stage Doorkeeper).Commentaires : In this extremely cut-down, piano-only version in a tiny theatre, clearly it would not be possible to emulate the faded grandeur of the Weisman Theatre - but it was able to emphasise every twinge of jealousy, every slipping smile and every nuance in the troubled relationships between the principal quartet of characters.
Follies (2007-02-New-York City Center) Encores! ConcertType de série: Concert
Théâtre: New-York City Center (New-York - Etats-Unis) Durée : Nombre : 6 représentationsPremière Preview : jeudi 08 février 2007Première : jeudi 08 février 2007Dernière : lundi 12 février 2007Mise en scène : Casey Nicholaw • Chorégraphie : Casey Nicholaw • Producteur : Avec : Phyllis Rogers Stone - Donna Murphy / Benjamin Stone - Victor Garber / Sally Durant Plummer - Victoria Clark / Buddy Plummer - Michael McGrath / Carlotta Campion - Christine Baranski / Stella Deems - Joanne Worley / Hattie Walker - Mimi Hines / Solange LaFitte - Yvonne Constant / Heidi Schiller - Lucine Amara / Dimitri Weismann - Philip Bosco / Emily Whitman - Anne Rogers / Theodore Whitman - Robert E. Fitch / Roscoe - Arthur Rubin / Max Deems - Gerry Vichi / Young Sally - Katie Klaus / Young Buddy - Curtis Holbrook / Young Phyllis - Jenny Powers / Young Ben - Colin Donnell / Young Heidi - Leena Chopra / Dee Dee West - Dorothy Stanley / Sandra Crane - Diane J. Findlay / Young Stella - Ashley Fife / Young Carlotta - Jennifer Mathie / Kevin - Clyde Alves
Follies (2011-09-Marquis Theatre-Broadway)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Marquis Theatre (Broadway - Etats-Unis) Durée : 4 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : dimanche 07 août 2011Première : lundi 12 septembre 2011Dernière : dimanche 22 janvier 2012Mise en scène : Eric Schaeffer • Chorégraphie : Warren Carlyle • Producteur : Avec : Sally Durant Plummer ... Bernadette Peters / Solange LaFitte ... Mary Beth Peil / Hattie Walker ... Jayne Houdyshell / Stella Deems ... Terri White / Heidi Schiller ... Rosalind Elias / Emily Whitman ... Susan Watson / Carlotta Campion ... Elaine Paige / Phyllis Rogers Stone ... Jan Maxwell / Benjamin Stone ... Ron Raines / Buddy Plummer ... Danny Burstein
Follies (2013-03-Opéra-Toulon)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Opéra (Toulon - France) Durée : Nombre : 3 représentationsPremière Preview : vendredi 08 mars 2013Première : vendredi 08 mars 2013Dernière : dimanche 10 mars 2013Mise en scène : Olivier Bénézech • Chorégraphie : Caroline Roëlands • Producteur : Avec : Graham Bickley (Benjamen Stone), Liz Robertson (Phyllis Rogers Stone), Jérôme Pradon (Buddy Plummer), Charlotte Page (Sally Durant Plummer), Nicole Croisille (Carlotta Campion), Sarah Ingram (Stella Deems), Denis d’Arcangelo (Solange Lafitte), Stuart Neal (Young Ben), Sophie May Wake (Young Phyllis) , Fra Fee (Young Buddy), Jessie May (Young Sally), Julia Sutton (Hattie Walker), Marilyn Hill Smith (Heidi Shiller), Kristy Swift (Young Heidi), Joe Shovelton (Roscoe, Max Deems), Jo Cameron Brown (Emily Whitman), John Conroy (Theodore Whitman), Larrio Ekson (Weismann), Francois Beretta (Kevin), Isabel Cramaro (Margie)Commentaires : Chanté en anglais
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Follies (2017-09-Olivier Theatre-NT-London)Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Salle : Olivier TheatreDurée : 3 mois 4 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : mardi 22 août 2017Première : mercredi 06 septembre 2017Dernière : mercredi 03 janvier 2018Mise en scène : Dominic Cooke • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Imelda Staunton (Sally Durant Plummer), Janie Dee (Phyllis Stone) and Philip Quast (Benjamin Stone), Dame Josephine Barstow, Tracie Bennett, Peter Forbes, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Fred Haig, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah Marie Maxwell, Kate Parr, Edwin Ray, Gary Raymond, Adam Rhys-Charles, Jordan Shaw, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker and Alex YoungCommentaires : The National Theatre will produce a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical Follies at the Olivier Theatre in late 2017. Set on the crumbling stage of a Broadway theatre the musical brings together past performers from the Weismann's Follies as they reunite for one final time before the venue's destruction. The show primarily focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone and their own memories, challenges and roads they didn't take.
Imelda Staunton will star alongside Janie Dee and Philip QuastPresse : "Played without a trace of camp and no interval, this is a production that perfectly captures the sustained emotional arc of Sondheim and Goldman’s musical. I came out admiring the show more than ever." - Michael Billington, The Guardian (five stars)
"I’d go straight back and see it again,” I heard a woman enthusing the moment she exited. You’d swear she’d lost her marbles... until, that is, you see for yourself. Unmissable, really." - Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
"This story about the past, ageing and the allure of glitter does absorb us but there are also times when it (whisper it) drags. Mostly, though, it is the cat’s pyjamas, with added frou-frou." - Ann Treneman, The Times (four stars)
Follies (2019-02-Olivier Theatre-National Theatre-London)Type de série: Reprise
Théâtre: National Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Salle : Olivier TheatreDurée : 1 mois 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : jeudi 14 février 2019Première : mardi 19 février 2019Dernière : samedi 06 avril 2019Mise en scène : Dominic Cooke • Chorégraphie : Bill Deamer • Producteur : Avec : Imelda Staunton (Sally Durant Plummer), Janie Dee (Phyllis Stone) and Philip Quast (Benjamin Stone), Dame Josephine Barstow, Tracie Bennett, Zizi Strallen, Leisha Mollyneaux, Emily Langham, Peter Forbes, Di Botcher, Billy Boyle, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Emily Goodenough, Bruce Graham, Fred Haig, Aimee Hodnett, Dawn Hope, Liz Izen, Alison Langer, Emily Langham, Sarah Marie Maxwell, Kate Parr, Edwin Ray, Gary Raymond, Adam Rhys-Charles, Jordan Shaw, Barnaby Thompson, Christine Tucker and Alex Young.Commentaires : After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns in 2019
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