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Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Goldman

Productions


1971 Broadway Production

Tryouts ran February 20 - March 20, 1971 at the Colonial Theatre, Boston

Follies, Broadway Production [poster]

Previews began March 24, 1971 at the Winter Garden Theatre, NYC
Ran for 12 preview performances
Opened April 4, 1971 at the Winter Garden Theatre
Closed July 1, 1972; Ran for 522 performances
Produced by Harold Prince
in association with Ruth Mitchell
Directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett
Choreography by Michael Bennett
Scenic Production Designed by Boris Aronson
Costumes by Florence Klotz
Lighting by Tharon Musser
Dance Music Arranged by John Berkman
Musical Direction by Harold Hastings
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Cast

Major-Domo - Dick Latessa [replaced by Joseph Nelson]
Sally Durant Plummer - Dorothy Collins
Young Sally - Marti Rolph
Christine Donovan * - Ethel Barrymore Colt [replaced by Terry Saunders on 7/7/71, then by Jan Clayton on 2/27/72]
Willy Wheeler - Fred Kelly [replaced by Donald Weissmuller]
Stella Deems - Mary McCarty
Max Deems - John J. Martin
Heidi Schiller - Justine Johnston
Chauffeur - John Grigas
Meredith Lane - Sheila Smith [replaced by Marion Marlowe on 1/29/72, then by Terry Saunders on 4/24/72]
Chet Richards - Peter Walker
Roscoe - Michael Bartlett
Deedee West ** - Helon Blount [replaced by Sonja Levkova]
Hattie Walker - Ethel Shutta
Young Hattie - Mary Jane Houdina [replaced by Jacqueline Payne]
Emily Whitman - Marcie Stringer [replaced by Camila Ashland]
Theodore Whitman - Charles Welch [replaced by Ted Lawrie]
Vincent - Victor Griffin
Vanessa - Jayne Turner
Young Vincent - Michael Misita
Young Vanessa - Graciela Daniele [replaced by Margot Travers]
Solange LaFitte - Fifi D'Orsay
Carlotta Campion - Yvonne De Carlo
Phyllis Rogers Stone - Alexis Smith
Benjamin Stone - John McMartin
Young Phyllis - Virginia Sandifur [replaced by Alexandra Borrie]
Young Ben - Kurt Peterson [replaced by John Johann]
Buddy Plummer - Gene Nelson
Young Buddy - Harvey Evans
Dimitri Weismann - Arnold Moss
Kevin - Ralph Nelson [replaced by David Roman, then by Roy Barry]
Young Stella - Julie Pars
Young Heidi - Victoria Mallory [replaced by Marti Rolph]
Party Musicians - Taft Jordan, Aaron Bell, Charles Spies, and Robert Curtis
Show Girls - Suzanne Briggs, Trudy Carson, Kathie Dalton, Ursula Maschmeyer, Linda Perkins, and Margot Travers
Singers, Dancers (Guests, Waiters, Waitresses, Photographers, Chorus Girls, Chorus Boys, etc.) - Graciela Daniele, Mary Jane Houdina, Sonja Levkova, Rita O'Connor, Julie Pars, Suzanne Rogers, Roy Barry, Steve Boockvor, Michael Misita, Joseph Nelson, Ralph Nelson, Ken Urmston, Peter Walker, and Donald Weissmuller

* Character was renamed "Christine Crane" during the run of the show
** Character was renamed "Sandra Donovan" during the run of the show

Musical Numbers

  • "Beautiful Girls" - Roscoe
  • "Don't Look at Me" - Sally and Ben
  • "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" - Buddy, Ben, Phyllis, Sally, Young Buddy, Young Ben, Young Phyllis, Young Sally
  • + "Rain on the Roof " - Emily and Theodore
  • "Ah, Paris!" - Solange
  • "Broadway Baby" - Hattie
  • "The Road You Didn't Take" - Ben
  • + "Bolero d'Amour" [instrumental] - 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
    The Loveland Sequence
  • The Folly of Love
    • + "Loveland" - The Ensemble
  • The Folly of Youth
    • "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" - Young Ben, Young Phyllis
    • "Love Will See Us Through" - Young Buddy, Young Sally
  • Buddy's Folly
    • "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues (Buddy's Blues)" - Buddy
  • Sally's Folly
    • "Losing My Mind" - Sally
  • Phyllis' Folly
    • "The Story of Lucy and Jessie" - Phyllis
  • Ben's Folly
    • "Live, Laugh, Love" - Ben

+ Numbers not included on the Original Cast Recording.  "One More Kiss" was recorded and appeared for the first time on 1992 re-release.

Tony Awards

  • 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)

Other Awards

  • New York Drama Critics' Award for Best Musical

Recording

Follies - Original Broadway Cast Recording

1972 Los Angeles Production

This production ran for one week in July, 1972 at The Muny, St. Louis MO
Opened on July 22, 1972 at the Shubert Theater, Century City CA
Closed October 1, 1972
Produced by Harold Prince
in association with Ruth Mitchell
Directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett
Choreography by Michael Bennett
Scenic Production Designed by Boris Aronson
Costumes by Florence Klotz
Lighting by Tharon Musser
Dance Music Arranged by John Berkman
Musical Direction by Paul Gemignani
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Cast

Major-Domo - Joseph Nelson
Sally Durant Plummer - Dorothy Collins [replaced by Janet Blair]
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 Saunders
Roscoe - Michael Bartlett
Roscoe's Daughter - Candace Cooke
Deedee West - Helon Blount
Sandra Donovan - Sonja Levkova
Hattie Walker - Ethel Shutta
Young Hattie - Jacqueline Payne
Emily Whitman - Camila Ashland
Theodore Whitman - Ted Lawrie
Vincent - Patrick Spohn
Vanessa - Jayne Turner
Young Vincent - David Evans
Young Vanessa - Margot Travers
Solange LaFitte - Fifi D'Orsay
Carlotta Campion - Yvonne De Carlo
Phyllis Rogers Stone - Alexis Smith
Benjamin Stone - John McMartin [replaced by Edward Winter]
Young Phyllis - Suzanne Rogers
Young Ben - Kurt Peterson
Buddy Plummer - Gene Nelson
Young Buddy - Harvey Evans
Dimitri Weismann - Edwin Steffe
Young Heidi - Marti Rolph
Kevin - Roy Barry
Party Musicians - Arthur Wagner and Friends
Singers, Dancers (Guests, Waiters, Waitresses, Photographers, Chorus Girls, Chorus Boys, etc.) - Susanna Clemm, Candace Cooke, Patricia Garland, Sonia Haney, Trish Maloney, Jacqueline Payne, Pamela Serpe, Roy Barry, Steve Boockvor, Joel Craig, David Evans, Joseph Nelson, Ken Ploss, Ken Urmston

1973 Stock Touring Production

Produced by Alton Wilkes and Ken Gaston
Directed by Christopher Hewitt
Choreography by Jayne Turner and Steven Bookcvor
Scenic Design by Larry Reehling
Musical Direction by Dorothy Opalach

Known perfomances at the Playhouse on the Mall (Paramus NJ, June 1973), Tappan Zee Playhouse (Nyack NY, early July 1973), Storrowton Theatre (West Springfield MA, 7/30/73 - 8/4/73), Parker Playhouse (Fort Lauderdale FL, 12/29/73 - 1/12/74), and Westchester County Playhouse (Mt. Kisco NY, dates unknown). Other locations unknown.

Cast

Sally Durant Plummer - Jane Kean
Phyllis Rogers Stone - Vivan Blaine [replaced by Julie Wilson]
Benjamin Stone - Robert Alda
Buddy Plummer - Don Liberto [replaced by Dick Latessa]
Stella Deems - Mary Small
Hattie Walker - Lillian Roth [replaced by Selma Diamond]
Solange LaFitte - Hildegarde [replaced by Fifi D'Orsay]
Young Phyllis - Edie Cowan
Young Sally - Sara Louise
Young Buddy - Cress Barrientez
Young Ben - Tod Miller
Vincent - Steven Boockvor
Vanessa - Jayne Turner
Heidi Schiller - Jeanne Grant
Carlotta Campion - Lynn Bari [replaced by Julie Wilson, then Marion Marlowe]

1976 Equity Library Production

Opened on May 6, 1976 at the Equity Library Theatre [Off-Broadway]
Closed May 30, 1976; Ran for a limited engagement of 30 performances
Produced by the Equity Library Theatre
Directed by Russell Treyz
Choreography by John Montgomery
Scenery by John M. Falsabella
Costumes by Donna Meyer
Lighting by Victor En Yu Tan
Musical Direction by Jim Coleman

Cast

Sally Durant Plummer - Lori Ann Saunders
Roscoe - Andrew Roman
Phyllis Rogers Stone - Joan Ulmer
Benjamin Stone - George F. Maguire
Buddy Plummer - Jack Finnegan
Dimitri Weismann - Donald C. Moore
Stella Deems - Ileane Gudell
Max Deems - Joshua Michaels
Hattie Walker - Sarah Philips Felcher
Solange LaFitte - Lucille Patton
Young Phyllis - Eleanor Barbor
Young Sally - Sara Louise
Young Buddy - Randy Hugill
Young Ben - Richard Cooper Bayne [replaced by Kurt Johnson]
Vincent - Alan Gilbert
Vanessa - Lucille Patton
Heidi Schiller - Lynn Archer [replaced by Margaret Goodman]
Carlotta Campion - Barbara Lee
Emily Whitman - Virginia Barton
Theodore Whitman - Emile Julian
Young Heidi - Robbi Curtis
Kevin - Michael Perrier
Young Vincent - Michael Perrier
Young Vanessa - Nancy Salis
Young Stella - Kaylyn Dillehay [replaced by Spence Ford]

1985 Manchester [UK] Production

European Premiere

Opened April 30, 1985 at the Forum Theatre, Wythenshawe, Manchester [UK]
Produced by the Library Theatre Company
Directed by Howard Lloyd-Lewis
Choreography by Paul Kerryson
Production Designed by Chris Kinman
Costumes by Charles Cusick-Smith
Lighting by Tim Wratten
Musical Direction by Simon Lowe

Cast

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 Sebastian

1987 London Production

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book revised by James Goldman

Follies, London Production [poster]

Opened July 21, 1987 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London
Closed February 4, 1989; Ran for 644 performances
Produced by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed by Mike Ockrent
Choreography by Bob Avian
Designed by Maria Bjornson
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Production Musical Director: Martin Koch
Dance Arrangements and Musical Supervision by Chris Walker
Sound by Andrew Bruce
Lighting by Mark Henderson

Cast

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]

Ensemble – Luke Baxter, Peppi Borza, Brad Graham, Stephen Lubmann [replaced by Neale Birch], Raymond Marlowe [replaced by Christopher Connah], Roy Sone, Roger Sutton, Julian Wild [replaced by Stephen Mear], Lisa Henson [replaced by Lucy Dixon], Margaret Houston [replaced by Britta Gartner], Vanessa Leagh-Hicks, Jennifer Scott Maldon [replaced by Meryl Richardson], Siobhan O’Kane, Dawn Spence [replaced by Julie Armstrong], Catherine Terry [replaced by Tracey Wilson]

Musical Numbers

Act One

  • "Beautiful Girls" - Roscoe and Company
  • "Don't Look at Me" - Sally and Ben
  • "Rain on the Roof" - Billie and Wally
  • "Ah! Paree" - Solange
  • "Broadway Baby" - Hattie
  • "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" - Buddy, Ben, Phyllis, Sally, Young Buddy, Young Ben, Young Phyllis, Young Sally
  • "In Buddy's Eyes" - Sally
  • "Who's That Woman" - Stella and Company
  • + "Country House" - Phyllis and Ben
  • "Too Many Mornings"- Ben and Sally

Act Two

  • + "Social Dancing" - Company
  • "The Right Girl" - Buddy
  • "I'm Still Here" - Carlotta
  • "Could I Leave You" - Phyllis
  • "One More Kiss" - Heidi and Young Heidi
    The Follies
    • + "Loveland" - Roscoe and Company
  • The Folly of Youth
    • "Love Will See Us Through" - Young Buddy, Young Sally
  • The Folly of Buddy
    • "Buddy's Blues" - Buddy, Sally, Young Sally, Margie
  • The Folly of Sally
    • "Losing My Mind" - Sally
  • The Folly of Youth
    • "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" - Young Ben, Young Phyllis
  • The Folly of Phyllis
    • + "Ah, But Underneath" - Phyllis and Company
  • The Folly of Ben
    • + "Make the Most of Your Music" - Ben and Company

Although they aren't listed in the program, the following came after The Folly of Ben.

  • "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow/Love Will See Us Through" (reprise) - Young Buddy, Young Sally, Young Phyllis, Young Ben
  • "Beautiful Girls" (finale) - Company

+ Numbers newly-written for this production [new version of "Loveland"]

Recording

Follies - The First Complete Recording

1995 Theater Under the Stars Production

Ran from March 24 - April 9, 1995 at Theater Under the Stars, Houston TX
Ran from April 25 - May 14, 1995 at the Fifth Avenue Theater, Seattle WA
Directed by Charles Abbott
Choreography by Mary Jane Houdina
Set Designed by Ken Holamon
Costumes Designed by Cathleen Edwards
Musical Director: Robert Linder

Cast

Phyllis Rogers Stone - Constance Towers
Sally Durant Plummer - Judy Kaye
Ben Stone - Walter Charles
Buddy Plummer - John-Charles Kelly
Carlotta Campion - Karen Morrow
Stella Deems - Kelly Britt
Young Phyllis - Amy Dolan
Young Ben - James Clow
Young Sally - Liz McCarthy
Young Buddy - Brian d'Arcy James
Billie Whitman - Virginia Mayo
Wally Whitman - Billy Barnes
Solange Lafitte - Denise Darcel
Hattie Walker - Maxene Andrews
Heidi Schiller - Edie Adams
Young Heidi - Kimberly Lane
Roscoe - Adam Petroski

Musical Numbers

[Same as the Broadway Production]

1998 Paper Mill Playhouse Production

Opened April 15, 1998 at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Milburn NJ
Closed May 31, 1998
Produced by the Paper Mill Playhouse
[Angelo Del Rossi, Executive Producer;
Robert Johanson, Artistic Director]
Associate Producer: Roy Miller
Produced in association with Gene R. Korf
Directed by Robert Johanson
Choreography by Jerry Mitchell
Original Choreography by Michael Bennett and Bob Avian for "Who's That Woman"
Scenic Design by Michael Anania
Costumes by Gregg Barnes
Lighting Design by Mark Stanley
Sound Design by Craig Cassidy
Co-Musical Direction by Jim Coleman & Tom Helm

Cast

Dmitri Weismann - Eddie Bracken

"The Weissman Girls"
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 Phillips

The Ensemble - Julie Connors, Peter Davenport, David Eggers, Shawn Emamjomeh, Pascale Faye, Pamela Jordan, Temple Kane, Ingrid Ladenedorf, Krista Lepore, Karen Lifshey, Jean Marie, Arte Phillips, Erick Pinnick, Joseph Sark, Jeff Siebert, Robert Stoeckle, Jillana Urbina

Musical Numbers

[Same as the Broadway Production; except there was an intermission after "Too Many Mornings"; "The Right Girl" was sung by Buddy and danced by Young Buddy; and "The Story of Lucy and Jessie" was replaced by "Ah, But Underneath"]

Recording

Follies - The Complete Recording

2001 Broadway Revival


Previews began March 8, 2001 at the Belasco Theatre, NYC
Opened April 5, 2001; closed July 14, 2001
Ran for 31 previews and 117 performances
Produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company
[Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Ellen Richard, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director, External Affairs]
Directed by Matthew Warchus
Choreography by Kathleen Marshall
Music Direction by Eric Stern
Set Design by Mark Thompson
Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldrege
Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone
Sound Design by Jonathan Deans
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Original Dance Music Arranged by John Berkman
Additional Dance Music Arranged by David Chase
Music Coordinator: John Miller
Hair Design: Paul Huntley

Cast

Phyllis Rogers Stone - Blythe Danner
Benjamin Stone - Gregory Harrison
Sally Durant Plummer - Judith Ivey
Buddy Plummer - Treat Williams

Carlotta Campion - Polly Bergen
Emily Whitman - Marge Champion
Hattie Walker - Betty Garrett
Heidi Schiller - Joan Roberts [replaced by Marni Nixon]
Theodore Whitman - Donald Saddler
Solange La Fitte - Jane White
Stella Deems - Carol Woods
Dimitri Weismann - Louis Zorich [replaced by Tom Brennan]
Roscoe - Larry Raiken
Young Phyllis - Erin Dilly [replaced by Kelli O'Hara]
Young Ben - Richard Roland
Young Sally - Lauren Ward
Young Buddy - Joey Sorge
Sandra Crane - Nancy Ringham
Dee Dee West - Dorothy Stanley
Sam Deems - Peter Cormican
Young Heidi - Brooke Sunny Moriber
Young Emily - Carol Bentley
Young Carlotta - Sally Mae Dunn
Young Sandra - Dottie Earle
Young Stella - Allyson Tucker
Young Solange - Jacqueline Hendy
Young Theodore - Rod McCune [replaced by Noah Racey]
Young Roscoe - Aldrin Gonzalez [replaced by Randy Slovacek]
Young Hattie - Kelli O'Hara [replaced by Emily Rabon Hall]
Young Dee Dee / "Margie" - Roxane Barlow
Showgirl / "Sally" - Jessica Leigh Brown
Showgirl - Colleen Dunn
Showgirl - Amy Heggins
Showgirl - Wendy Waring
Kevin - Stephen Campanella

Ensemble - Roxane Barlowe, Carol Bentley, Jessica Leigh Brown, Stephen Campanella,
Colleen Dunn, Sally Mae Dunn, Dottie Earle, Aldrin Gonzalez, Amy Heggins,
Jacqueline Hendy, Rod McCune, Kelli O'Hara, T. Oliver Reid, Alex Sanchez,
Allyson Tucker, Matt Wall, and Wendy Waring
Replacements: Emily Rabon Hall, Joe Langworth, Noah Racey, and Randy Slovacek
Standbys - Joan Barber, Don Correia [replaced by Michael Scott]
Swings - Jeffrey Hankinson, Nadine Isenegger, and Parisa Ross
Understudies - Peter Cormican, Kelli O'Hara, Nancy Ringham, Dorothy Stanley, and Matt Wall. Replacement: Joan Marshall

Musical Numbers

Act One
  • Prologue / Overture - Company
  • "Beautiful Girls" - Roscoe and Company
  • "Don't Look at Me" - Sally and Ben
  • "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" - Buddy, Ben, Phyllis, Sally, Young Buddy, Young Ben, Young Phyllis, Young Sally
  • "Rain on the Roof " - Emily and Theodore
  • "Ah, Paris!" - Solange
  • "Broadway Baby" - Hattie
  • "The Road You Didn't Take" - Ben
  • "Danse d'Amour" - Emily, Theodore, Young Emily, Young Theodore
  • "In Buddy's Eyes" - Sally
  • "Who's That Woman?" - Stella and Ladies
  • "I'm Still Here" - Carlotta
  • "Too Many Mornings" - Ben and Sally
Act Two
  • "The Right Girl" - Buddy
  • "One More Kiss" - Heidi and Young Heidi
  • "Could I Leave You?" - Phyllis
    The Follies
  • The Folly of Love
    • "Loveland" - The Ensemble
  • The Folly of Youth
    • "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" - Young Phyllis, Young Ben
    • "Love Will See Us Through" - Young Sally, Young Buddy
  • Buddy's Folly
    • "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues" - Buddy, "Margie", "Sally"
  • Sally's Folly
    • "Losing My Mind" - Sally
  • Phyllis' Folly
    • "The Story of Lucy and Jessie" - Phyllis and Men
  • Ben's Folly
    • "Live, Laugh, Love" - Ben and Ensemble

2002 Reprise! (Los Angeles) Production

Opened on June 15, 2002 at the Wadsworth Theatre, Los Angeles
Closed June 23, 2002 after a limited engagement of 11 performances
Presented by Reprise! Broadway's Best
[Marcia Seligson, Producing Artistic Director;
Jim Gardia, Managing Director]
Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman
Choreography: Kay Cole
Set Design: Ray Klausen
Lighting: Tom Ruzika
Costumes: Randy Gardell
Sound Design: Philip G. Allen
Music Direction: Gerald Sternbach

Cast

Sally Durant Plummer - Vikki Carr
Buddy Plummer - Harry Groener
Phyllis Rogers Stone - Patty Duke
Benjamin Stone - Bob Gunton
Carlotta Campion - Donna McKechnie
Stella Deems - Liz Torres
Hattie Walker - Carole Cook
Vanessa - Carol Lawrence
Vincent - Grover Dale
Solange LaFitte - Amanda McBroom
Christine - Carole Swarbrick
Dee Dee - Stella Stevens
Dimitri Weismann - Warren Berlinger
Emily Whitman - Mary Jo Catlett
Theodore Whitman - Billy Barnes
Roscoe - Ken Page
Heidi Schiller - Justine Johnston
Young Sally - Jean Louisa Kelly
Young Buddy - Austin Miller
Young Phyllis - Tia Riebling
Young Ben - Kevin Earley
Young Stella - Abby Feldman
Young Heidi - Barbara Chiofalo
Young Vincent - Trevor Brackney
Young Vanessa - Melissa Driscoll
Kevin - Stephen Reed

2002 Royal Festival Hall Production

Previews began August 2, 2002 at the Royal Festival Hall, London
Opened August 6, 2002; Closed August 31, 2002
Ran for a limited engagment of 32 performances
Produced by Raymond Gubbay
Directed by Paul Kerryson
Designed by Paul Farnsworth
Choreographed by David Needham
Musical Direction by Julian Kelly
Lighting Design by Jenny Cane
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Note: This production is based on the 1971 Broadway production,
not the 1987 London version.

Cast

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 Hamilton
Ensemble Girls - Pipa Raine, Juliet Gough, Alexis Owen Hobbs, Gabrielle Noble
Ensemble Boys - Simon Coultihard, Andrew Wright, Matthew Atwell, Craig Armstrong

2006 London Production

Opened 19 September, 2006 at the Landor Theatre, London
Closed 14 October 2006
Directed by Robert McWhir
Choreography by Robbie O’Reilly
Costumes by Nina Morley and Stephen du Toit
Lighting by Richard Lambert
Soundtrack by Simon Hale
Video projection cinematography by Bread and Butter Films
Musical Supervision by David Firman

Cast

Sally Durant Plummer - Claire Moore
Phyllis Rogers Stone - Sarah Payne
Benjamin Stone - Leo Andrew
Buddy Plummer - Bryan Kennedy
Young Sally - Nova Skipp
Young Phyllis - Claire Winsper
Young Ben - Callum McIntosh
Young Buddy - Dominic Brewer
Stella Deems - Carol Ball
Heidi Schiller - Roni Page
Young Heidi - Hope McNamara
Roscoe - Ian Dring
Hattie Walker - Rachel Izen
Emily Whitman - Helen Watson
Theodore Whitman - Paul Tate
Solange LaFitte - Anne Smith
Carlotta Campion - Adele Anderson
Dimitri Weismann - Brian Jackson
Kevin - Chris Carswell
Ensemble - Jonathan Eio, Caroline Newman, Francesca Sibthorp

2007 Encores! Concerts

Six performances February 8-12, 2007 at New York City Center
Presented by New York City Center Encores!
[Arlene Shuler, president and chief executive;
Mark Litvin, Senior vice president and managing director;
Jack Viertel, artistic director;
Paul Gemignani, music director]
Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw
Music Direction by Eric Stern
Set Consultation: John Lee Beatty
Costume Consultation: William Ivey Long and Gregg Barnes
Lights: Ken Billington
Sound: Tom Morse
Music Coordinator: Seymour Red Press

Cast

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
Ensemble: Cameron Adams, Andrew Fitch, Emily Fletcher, Jenifer Foote, Ben Hartley, Natalie King, Brian J. Marcum, Barrett Martin, Shannon Marie O'Bryan, Denise Payne, Matt Wall, J. D. Webster, and Kristen Beth Williams

2011 Kennedy Center Production

Previews began May 7, 2011 at the Eisenhower Theatre,
Kennedy Center, Washington DC
Opened on May 21, 2011; ran for a limited engagement of
49 performances (including 15 previews)
Closed on June 19, 2011
Produced by the John F. Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts
(David M. Rubenstein, Chairman;
Michael M. Kaiser, President)
Directed by Eric Schaeffer
Choreography by Warren Carlyle
Scenic Design by Derek McLane
Costume Design by Gregg Barnes
Lighting Design by Natasha Katz
Sound Design by Kai Harada
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Musical Direction by James Moore

Cast

Sally Durant Plummer - Bernadette Peters
Phyllis Rogers Stone - Jan Maxwell
Buddy Plummer - Danny Burstein
Ben Stone - Ron Raines
Carlotta Campion - Elaine Paige
Hattie Walker - Linda Lavin
Heidi Schiller - Rosalind Elias
Solange LaFitte - Régine
Dee Dee West - Colleen Fitzpatrick
Sandra Crane - Florence Lacey
Dimitri Weismann - David Sabin
Roscoe - Michael Hayes
Max Deems - Frederick Strother
Stella Deems - Terri White
Emily Whitman - Susan Watson
Theodore Whitman - Terrence Currier
Young Phyllis - Kirsten Scott
Young Ben - Nick Verina
Young Sally - Lora Lee Gayer
Young Buddy - Christian Delcroix
Young Heidi - Leah Horowitz
Young Dee Dee - Leslie Donna Flesner
Young Hattie - Jenifer Foote
Young Solange - Suzanne Hylenski
Young Stella - Erin N. Moore
Young Carlotta - Pamela Otterson
Young Sandra - Kiira Schmidt
Ensemble - 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

Musical Numbers

[Same as the Broadway Production]

2011 Broadway Revival

Based on the 2011 Kennedy Center Production

Previews began August 7, 2011 at the Marquis Theatre, New York City
Ran for 15 preview performances
Opened on September 12, 2011
Ran for a limited (and extended) engagement of 152 performances
Closed on January 22, 2012
Produced by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
(David M. Rubenstein, Chairman; Michael M. Kaiser, President);
Nederlander Presentations, Inc.; Adrienne Arsht; and HRH Foundation

Directed by Eric Schaeffer
Associate Director: David Ruttura
Choreography by Warren Carlyle
Scenic Design by Derek McLane
Costume Design by Gregg Barnes
Lighting Design by Natasha Katz
Sound Design by Kai Harada
Hair and Wig Design by David Brian Brown
Make-Up Design by Joe Dulude II
Dance Music Arrangements by John Berkman
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Associate Conductor: Marvin Laird
Musical Direction by James Moore

Cast

Sally Durant Plummer - Bernadette Peters
Phyllis Rogers Stone - Jan Maxwell
Buddy Plummer - Danny Burstein
Ben Stone - Ron Raines
Carlotta Campion - Elaine Paige
Hattie Walker - Jayne Houdyshell
Heidi Schiller - Rosalind Elias
Solange LaFitte - Mary Beth Peil
Dee Dee West - Colleen Fitzpatrick
Sandra Crane - Florence Lacey
Dimitri Weismann - David Sabin
Roscoe - Michael Hayes
Max Deems - Frederick Strother
Stella Deems - Terri White
Emily Whitman - Susan Watson
Theodore Whitman - Don Correia
Young Phyllis - Kirsten Scott
Young Ben - Nick Verina
Young Sally - Lora Lee Gayer
Young Buddy - Christian Delcroix
Young Heidi - Leah Horowitz
Young Dee Dee - Leslie Donna Flesner
Young Hattie - Jenifer Foote
Young Solange - Ashley Yeater
Young Stella - Erin N. Moore
Young Carlotta - Pamela Otterson
Young Sandra - Kirra Schmidt
Young Emily - Danielle Jordan
Ensemble - Lawrence Alexander, Brandon Bieber, John Carroll, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Suzanne Hylenski, Danielle Jordan, Amanda Kloots-Larsen,
Brittany Marcin, Erin N. Moore, Pamela Otterson, Clifton Samuels, Kiira Schmidt,
Brian Shepard, Amos Wolff, and Ashley Yeater
Swings: Mathew deGuzman and Sara Edwards

Musical Numbers

[Same as the Broadway Production]

Recording

Follies - New Broadway Cast Recording

2013 Opéra de Toulon Production

Performed March 8 - 10, 2013 at the Toulon Opera House in Toulon, France
A Co-production of Opéra de Toulon and Opéra-Théâtre de Metz
Stage Director: Olivier Bénézech
Scenic Design by Valérie Jung
Choreography by Caroline Roëlands
Costumes by Frédéric Olivier
Lighting Design by Marc-Antoine Vellutini
Video Projections by Gilles Papain
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Conducted by David Charles Abell

Performed in English with French surtitles.

Cast

Benjamin Stone - Graham Bickley
Phyllis Rogers Stone - Liz Robertson
Buddy Plummer - Jérôme Pradon
During Sally Plummer - Charlotte Page
Carlotta Campion - Nicole Croisille
Stella Deems - Sarah Ingram
Solange Lafitte - Denis d'Arcangelo
Young Ben - Stuart Neal
Young Phyllis - Sophie May Wake
Young Buddy - Fra Fee
Young Sally - Jessie May
Hattie Walker - Julia Sutton
Heidi Shiller - Marilyn Hill Smith
Young Heidi - Kristy Swift
Roscoe / Max Deems - Joe Shovelton
Emily Whitman - Jo Cameron Brown
Theodore Whitman - John Conroy
Weismann - Larrio Ekson
Kevin - Francois Beretta
Margie - Elizabeth Cramaro

Musical Numbers

[Same as the Broadway Production]

Publications
Book
  • New York: Random House, 1971; 111 pp.
  • New York: Dodd, Mead, 1971 [The Best Plays of 1970-1971, edited by Otis L. Guernsey, Jr.]
  • New York: Theatre Communications Group [1-55936-196-4] [softcover], December 2001; 128 pp.
  • New York: Theatre Communications Group (Second Edition) [978-1-55936-417-1] [softcover], October 2011; 87 pp.

Follies [book]


Score [complete]
  • New York: Range Road Music / Hal Leonard Publishing Corp. HL00362215, 1971; 265 pp.
  • New York: Music of The Times Publishing Corp. / Beautiful Music / Burthen Music, 1974; 265 pp. [piano reduction by Robert Noeltner]
  • New York: Metromedia Music Inc. [Charles Hansen], 1974; 265 pp. [piano reduction by Robert Noeltner]
  • Milwaukee: Hal Leonard, 1986 [ISBN: 0881885711]; 264 pp.

Score [selections]
  • New York: Herald Square Music Co. / Rilting Music / Burthen Music Co. [Valando Music], 1971; 52 pp. [includes "Prologue: Beautiful Girls", "Losing My Mind", "One More Kiss", "Too Many Mornings", "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs", "Broadway Baby", "In Buddy's Eyes", "Could I Leave You", "Ah, Paris!", "Who's That Woman?", "I'm Still Here", "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues"
  • New York: Herald Square Music Co. / Hal Leonard Publishing Co. HL00359869; 1971; 52 pp. [same as above]
  • New York: Music of the Times Pub. Corp [C. Hansen, dist.], 1971; 52 pp. [same as above]
 
Score [1987 revision selections]
  • London: Carlin Music Corp., 1988; 88 pp. [includes "Ah, But Underneath", "Ah, Paree!", "Beautiful Girls", "Broadway Baby", "Buddy's Blues", "Could I Leave You?", "Country House", "I'm Still Here", "In Buddy's Eyes: Buddy's There", "Losing My Mind", "Loveland", "Make the Most of Your Music", "One More Kiss", "Too Many Mornings", "Who's That Woman: The Mirror Song"]
  • Milwaukee WI: H. Leonard Publishers (HL 00359869), 1988 [ISBN: 0-88188-533-9]; 88 pp. [same contents as above]
Follies: The Complete Collection
  • London: Carlin America / Hal Leonard, Feb 2006 [ISBN: 1-4234-0192-1]; 328 pp. [includes Includes: "Ah, but Underneath", "Ah, Paris!", "All Things Bright and Beautiful", "Beautiful Girls", "Bring on the Girls", "Broadway Baby", "Buddy's Blues (The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues)", "Can That Boy Foxtrot!", "Could I Leave You?", "Country House (1987)", "Don't Look at Me", "I'm Still Here", "In Buddy's Eyes", "It Wasn't Meant to Happen", "Little White House/Who Could Be Blue?", "Live, Laugh, Love", "Losing My Mind", "Loveland", "Loveland (1987)", "Make the Most of Your Music (1987)", "One More Kiss", "Pleasant Little Kingdom", "Rain on the Roof", "The Right Girl", "The Road You Didn't Take", "The Story of Lucy and Jessie", "That Old Piano Roll", "Too Many Mornings", "Uptown, Downtown", "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs", "Who's That Woman?", "The World's Full of Girls", "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow/Love Will See Us Through"]

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