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Follies

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Performance Length

2hrs 32mins
with a 18mins intermission

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Recommended for children age 10+
Slight off-color language, some sexual innuendo

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.

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OVERVIEW

"AN UNDENIABLE CLASSIC. Follies appears to be the heavy favorite to win the Tony for best revival this year. If you head to the Ahmanson, you'll understand why."

- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

"A magnificent cast. Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece…now works on all four cylinders, Victoria Clark being joined by the deservedly Tony®-nominated Jan Maxwell, Ron Raines, and Danny Burstein. Vocal fireworks from Jayne Houdyshell, Elaine Paige, Terri White and Carol Neblett.
- Robert Hofler, Variety

"A pitch-perfect production... a unique opportunity for Angelenos to see some of the most talented women of the Great White Way."
- Laura Hertzfeld, Entertainment Weekly

"Theatergoers in Los Angeles have been given a great gift in this first-rate production of this brilliant musical. It’s complex, it’s moving, it’s entertaining, it’s funny, and it features stellar performances. You’re gonna love tomorrow if you go see Follies today."
- Los Angeles Magazine

"Broadway’s Finest Comes To L.A. - Follies!”
- 94.7 The Wave

8 Tony Award® nominations for Follies!

New York, May 1, 2012. Weeks of speculation were capped this morning when the Tony Award® nominations were announced and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts production of Follies received 8 Tony Award® nominations.

Best Revival of a Musical
Jan Maxwell, Best Actress in a Musical
Danny Burstein, Best Actor in a Musical
Ron Raines, Best Actor in a Musical
Jayne Houdyshell, Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Gregg Barnes, Best Costume Design of a Musical
Kai Harada, Best Sound Design of a Musical
Natasha Katz, Best Lighting Design of a Musical

With 25 award nominations, Follies is the most lauded musical revival this season. Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League are recognizing the Follies cast and creative team with another 17 nominations.

No wonder Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it “White-hot!” and Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times says " The score Stephen Sondheim wrote for Follies is mind-bogglingly lush."

Click here to sample the new Broadway album which debuted at #1 on Billboard.

See it with a "once-in-a-lifetime" cast of Broadway stars, an extraordinary 28-piece orchestra and one of the largest ensembles ever to appear on the Ahmanson stage.

When former members of the “Weismann Follies” reunite on the eve of their theatre's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing about their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theatre brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad.

Containing such well-known songs as “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind,” “Follies” echoes the songs, exuberance and romance of the vaudeville days between the two World Wars.

Follies stars five-time Tony Award® nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Tony Award® winner Victoria Clark as Sally Durant Plummer, three-time Tony Award® nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award nominee and first time Tony Award® nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion. Maxwell, Burstein, Raines and Paige are all returning to the roles they originated on Broadway.

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7 Days of Sondheim Songs!
Visit us on Facebook every day for a new clip of your favorite Follies songs (now through June 1.)

KNBC-TV’s Cary Berglund talks with Tony-nominated cast members from Follies.

KCBS-TV goes behind the scenes of Follies.

Listen to 2012 Tony Award®-nominated Danny Burstein on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

Experience the 2012 Tony Award®-nominated costumes by designer Gregg Barnes.

Director Eric Schaeffer reflects on Follies.

Also returning to their Kennedy Center and Broadway roles are Christian Delcroix as Young Buddy, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Dee Dee West, Lora Lee Gayer as Young Sally, Michael Hayes as Roscoe, Leah Horowitz as Young Heidi, Tony Award®-nominee Jayne Houdyshell as Hattie Walker, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Tony Award®-nominee Mary Beth Peil as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Kirsten Scott as Young Phyllis, Frederick Strother as Max Deems, Nick Verina as Young Ben, Tony Award®-nominee Susan Watson as Emily Whitman, and Terri White as Stella Deems. They are joined by Grammy Award winner Carol Neblett as Heidi Schiller and Tony Award® winner Sammy Williams as Theodore Whitman.  Follies also features a 20-member song and dance ensemble.

With book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Follies is directed by Eric Schaeffer with choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by James Moore. The production features scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Kai Harada and the original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.

CREDITS

  • Music by
    Jule Styne
  • Lyrics by
    Bob Merrill
  • Book by
    Isobel Lennart
  • Directed by
    Bartlett Sher

The Los Angeles production of Follies is generously supported in part by Artistic Director’s Circle member Misty Widelitz.

VIDEO

PODCASTS

NPR's "Fresh Air":Danny Burstein On Living Up To Sondheim's 'Follies'

Before he was cast in the Broadway revival of Follies, actor Danny Burstein had never seen Stephen Sondheim's famous musical, which first hit the Broadway stage in 1971. And he didn't know much about the show, except that everyone in the theater world seemingly had an opinion about it. Listen to podcast.

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