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Follies

Winner of seven Tonys, Follies is one of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's greatest works. All of life's might-have-beens take center stage as two couples rehash past times and favorite songs amid the crumbling magnificence of their old theater.

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Follies
 
A New Kennedy Center Production
Book by James Goldman
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Music Direction by James Moore
Choreography by Warren Carlyle
Directed by Eric Schaeffer

"INTOXICATING!
Sondheim's achingly introspective score…ranks among the most sublime he's ever written. Blessed with some crackling performances,  this production… reasserts the Kennedy Center's claim to being a premier outlet for Sondheim's work."
--The Washington Post
 
"A POWERHOUSE!
Lavish and entirely satisfying"
--Variety
 
"OH BLISS!
You realize anew just why Follies is one of the greatest musicals ever written."
--The New York Times

Go "Behind the Curtain" to learn more about Follies and tell us what you thought of the show at FolliesDC.com!

Follies features a star-studded cast including principals Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, and Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone, and starring Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.

The production also stars a cast of Broadway veterans and fresh faces, including Terrence Currier as Theodore Whitman, Christian Delcroix as Young Buddy, Rosalind Elias as Heidi Schiller, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Dee Dee West, Lora Lee Gayer as Young Sally, Michael Hayes as Roscoe, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Linda Lavin as Hattie Walker, Régine as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Kirsten Scott as Young Phyllis, Frederick Strother as Max Deems, Nick Verina as Young Ben, Susan Watson as Emily Whitman and Terri White as Stella Deems.
 
Rounding out the ensemble are Lawrence Alexander, Brandon Bieber, John Carroll, Sara Edwards, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Leah Horowitz, Suzanne Hylenski, Danielle Jordan, Joseph Kolinski, Amanda Larsen, Brittany Marcin, Edrie Means, Erin N. Moore, Pamela Otterson, Clifton Samuels, Kiira Schmidt, Brian Shepard, Sam Strasfeld, Amos Wolff, and Ashley Yeater.

Elaine Paige and Régine are appearing with the permission of Actors' Equity Association.
 
With book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Kennedy Center Honoree Stephen Sondheim, Follies is a bittersweet look at the follies of youth seen through the eyes of age and experience. From its opening notes, the show "glitters with grandeur, lyricism and an uneasy undercurrent of fragility. It is the sound of beauty with fracture lines, just about to crack" (The New York Times).
 
When former members of the "Weismann's Follies" reunite on the eve of their theater's demolition, two couples remember their glorious past and face the harsher realities of the present. In the crumbling glamour of the theater, the shadows of their younger selves remind them of the complicated steps they've danced--both on the stage and throughout their lives.
 
Winner of seven Tony Awards, Follies echoes the songs, exuberance, and romance of the lively vaudevillian days between the two World Wars. With such well-known songs like "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "Could I Leave You?" and "Losing My Mind," Follies gives words to the ghosts that haunt the stages of Broadway's great old theaters. The Washington Post calls them some of Sondheim's "wittiest, most luminous songs."

Performance Timing: Approximately 2-1/2 hours, including one intermission.

Watch and Listen

Behind the Curtain: Eric Schaeffer

Director Eric Schaeffer discusses his role in the Kennedy Center production of “Follies.”
Behind the Curtain: Ron Raines

Actor Ron Raines discusses his role as “Benjamin Stone” in the Kennedy Center production of “Follies.”
Behind the Curtain: Warren Carlyle

Choreographer Warren Carlyle discusses his role in the Kennedy Center production of “Follies” and the legacy of original choreographer Michael Bennett.
Theater Look-in: Follies

Follies cast members Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines, and Elaine Paige discuss the production with moderator, Dwight Blocker Bowers.

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Theater Look-in: Follies Join company members from Follies--Bernadette Peters, Danny Burstein, Jan Maxwell, Ron Raines, and Elaine Paige--for an insider's look, complete with lively discussion and the opportunity to ask questions.

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