Fall Preview: Follies
Hello Everyone! Luner on Theatre has decided after much success last season to bring back a series that gives you a little inside scoop on shows about to make their way onto Broadway for the upcoming season. So, sit back and get a sneak peek as Luner on Theatre proudly re-launches its “Preview” series and we welcome our first new production of the new season, Follies!
This first preview will be a little bit different from the other upcoming ones because this production has already started previews on Broadway! However, we still wanted to give you the inside scoop on this production.
What should you know about Follies? How about we start with the story? Follies follows the story of reunion about to take place at a crumbling Broadway Theatre involving past performers of Weismann’s Follies. This production played at the Broadway theatre between World Wars. The story line follows two sets of couples, Benjamin & Phyllis Rogers Stone and Buddy & Sally Durant Plummer, who are attending the reunion. Both Sally and Phyllis were showgirls with the Follies. However, while the couples may seem fine, they are not happy at all with their marriages. Sally is in love with Ben, Buddy is having an affair on the side and Ben is so into himself that Phyllis feels abandoned. The girls end up performing some of their favorite old time numbers which sometime end up being with the ghosts of who they once were.
Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters (A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun) leads the cast as Sally in the latest revival. Four time Tony Award nominee is Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family, Lend Me A Tenor, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) stars as Phyllis. Ron Raines (Show Boat, The Unsinkable Molly Brown) is all about himself in this production as he stars as Ben Stone. And finally Danny Burstein (Women On The Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, South Pacific, The Drowsy Chaperone) is not the nice guy in this production as he stars as Buddy in this production.
Follies debut on Broadway on April 4th, 1971 and opened at the Winter Garden Theatre. Follies features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. This most recent production began at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. where it ran from May 21st – June 19th 2011. It was decided shortly after that the production would transfer to Broadway. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features choreography by Warren Carlyle.
While this most recent revival on Broadway is much anticipated, believe it or not, Follies was only last revived ten years ago in 2001 by Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. However, this production compared to that one are worlds apart. This most recent production from The Kennedy Center played to 95% capacity through out its entire run and has been hailed by critics as a truly significant piece of musical theatre. The four leads mentioned above all transfered with the production from DC as well as Elaine Page who stars as Carlotta in the production. The show features a 28 piece orchestra and 41 member cast.
Again just a reminder, previews for Follies have already begun on Broadway! Previews started at The Marquis Theatre in Times Square on August 7th, 2011 and the production will officially open September 12th, 2011. The production is only set to run for a limited time at this theatre. So if you’re in New York and wanna see this incredible production of Follies while it is still here, do it! You won’t regret seeing this lavish production that is decked out with costumes, sets, an orchestra and big Broadway voices to give you that feeling of a true classic Broadway show for the 2011 revival of Follies! For more information, check out Follies Official Broadway Website. And stay tuned as Luner on Theatre continue to bring you all your theatre need to know news!