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Follies

Follies

by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman

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Follies

Follies




One of the first of Sondheim's collaborations with Harold Prince, an homage to the follies.


Story:

The follies girls gather at the Weismann Theatre on the eve of its demolition to relive follies from their past and make new ones along the way.


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Composer

Composer and Lyricist
Stephen Sondheim

Librettist

Librettist
James Goldman



  • Premiere
  • 2001
  • 2011

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Winter Garden Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 4, 1971
Total Performances
522
Original Cast
Alexis Smith, Dorothy Collins, Gene Nelson, John McMartin, Yvonne de Carlo
Director
Harold Prince and Michael Bennett
Choreographer
Michael Bennett
Musical Director
Harold Hastings
Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick
Scenic Design
Boris Aronson
Costume Design
Florence Klotz
Lighting Design
Tharon Musser

2001 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Belasco Theatre
Opening Night
Apr 5, 2001
Total Performances
117
Original Cast
Blythe Danner Phyllis, Gregory Harrison, Judith Ivey, Treat Williams, Polly Bergen, Marge Champion, Betty Garrett, Joan Roberts, Donald Saddler, Jane White, Carol Woods, Louis Zorich
Director
Matthew Warchus
Choreographer
Kathleen Marshall
Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick
Scenic Design
Mark Thompson
Costume Design
Theoni V. Aldredge
Lighting Design
Hugh Vanstone

2011 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Marquis Theatre
Opening Night
Aug 7, 2011
Total Performances
152
Original Cast
Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines, Elaine Paige, Jayne Houdyshell, Mary Beth Peil, Don Correia, Terri White, Rosalind Elias, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Michael Hayes, Susan Watson, Florence Lacey, David Sabin, Frederick Strother
Director
Eric Schaeffer
Choreographer
Warren Carlyle
Producer
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David Rubenstein, Chairman; Michael M. Kaiser, President; Max A. Woodward, Vice President), Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Adrienne Arsht and HRH Foundation
Musical Director
James Moore
Orchestrations
Jonathan Tunick
Scenic Design
Derek McLane
Costume Design
Gregg Barnes
Lighting Design
Natasha Katz
Sound Design
Kai Harada






CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
1985 Live Performance Cast Album

CD
1987 London Revival Cast Album

CD
1998 New Jersey Cast Album

CD
2011 Broadway Revival Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections

Sheetmusic
Vocal Score


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD


Books

Book
Script: New Edition

Book
Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical "Follies"E


Other

Merchandise




1972 Tony Award Nominations

Best Original Score
Best Actress in a Musical - Alexis Smith
Best Scenic Design
Best Costume Design
Best Lighting Design
Best Choreography
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Featured Actor in a Musical - Gene Nelson
Best Actress in a Musical - Dorothy Collins

1971 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Lyrics
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Set Design
Outstanding Performance - Alexis Smith
Outstanding Director

2001 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Actress in a Musical - Blythe Danner
Best Featured Actress in a Musical - Polly Bergen
Best Costume Design
Best Orchestrations

2001 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Polly Bergen
Outstanding Orchestrations - Jonathan Tunick

2012 Tony Award Nominations

Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Danny Burstein
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Ron Raines
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Jan Maxwell
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical: Jayne Houdyshell
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Sound Design of a Musical

2012 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Danny Burstein
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Jan Maxwell
Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Bernadette Peters
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Elaine Paige
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Set Design
Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical

2012 Drama League Award Nominations

Distinguished Revival of a Musical
Distinguished Performance Award: Jan Maxwell
Distinguished Performance Award: Bernadette Peters

Award Nominations

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Actor in a Musical: Danny Burstein
Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Actress in a Musical: Jan Maxwell
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical: Jayne Houdyshell

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