Follies concerns a group of former "Follies" stars who return to the site of their former glory, the Weismann Theatre, which is about to be demolished. Old wounds resurface as two Follies stars (Phyllis [Allison Lizzi] and Sally [Lenore Sebastian]) and their husbands (Benjamin [John Haine] and Buddy [Rand Martin]) reassess their lives and what could have been as they come face-to-face with the ghosts of their young selves (Turtle Akona as Young Ben; Tomas Eredia as Young Buddy; Caitland Martin as Young Sally; and Michele Guerrieri as Young Phyllis).
Among the show's songs are "Beautiful Girls," "Don't Look at Me," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Rain on the Roof," "Ah, Paris!," "Broadway Baby," "The Road You Didn't Take," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Who's That Woman?," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "The Right Girl," "One More Kiss," "Could I Leave You?," "Loveland," "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow," "Love Will See Us Through," "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues," "Losing My Mind," "The Story of Lucie and Jessie" and "Live, Laugh, Love."
Follies was originally co-directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett on Broadway in 1971. Since then, it has received a legendary star-filled concert at Lincoln Center in 1985 as well as a revival in 2011 on Broadway and in Los Angeles in 2012.
The genius script by Sondheim and Goldman makes a cinematic, nightmarish hallucination of past and present blended together, employing lush era musical theatre pastiche and a deft eye for storytelling to tell not only the story of Ben, Phyllis, Sally and Buddy, but also the story of how the promise of America between the World Wars disintegrated into memory. Considered by many to be one of the best American musicals of all time, and still at the peak of form and craft. Those that saw the original Broadway production in 1971 and the all-star Lincoln Center concert in 1985 remember it as one of the most dazzling and poignant shows ever.
"A stunning musical…a pastiche so brilliant as to be breathtaking."—New York Daily News
"Follies is utterly magnificent."—Women’s Wear Daily
The show contains some language and is recommended for theater goers over 13.