Inclusive Dates: 2001
Roundabout Theatre Company staged the musical Follies (music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by James Goldman) at the Belasco Theatre, with first preview on March 8, opening night on April 5, and closing night on July 14, 2001.
Directed by Matthew Warchus with choreography by Kathleen Marshall, musical direction by Eric Stern, and orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Sets designed by Mark Thompson, costumes designed by Theoni V. Aldredge, lighting designed by Hugh Vanstone, sound designed by Jonathan Deans, original dance music arranged by John Berkman, and additional dance music arranged by David Chase.
The production and its creators were nominated for several Tony and Drama Desk awards and Charles Isherwood, writing for Variety, said "[a]bove all, and with or without flaws, 'Follies' is welcome on Broadway, where its uncompromising air of regret is particularly bracing amid the juvenile cheer that marks most musicals these days." (Variety, April 6, 2001)
Louis Zorich played the part of Dimitri Weisman, Jessica Leigh Brown played the part of Showgirl/Sally, Colleen Dunn played the part of Showgirl, Amy Heggins played the part of Showgirl, Wendy Waring played the part of Showgirl, Judith Ivey played the part of Sally Durant Plummer, Nancy Ringham played the part of Sandra Crane, Dorothy Stanley played the part of Dee Dee West, Carol Woods played the part of Stella Deems, Peter Cormican played the part of Sam Deems, Jane White played the part of Solange La Fitte, Larry Raiken played the part of Roscoe, Joan Roberts played the part of Heidi Schiller, Marge Champion played the part of Emily Whitman, Donald Saddler played the part of Theodore Whitman, Polly Bergen played the part of Carlotta Campion, Betty Garrett played the part of Hattie Walker, Blythe Danner played the part of Phyllis Rogers Stone, Gregory Harrison played the part of Benjamin Stone, Treat Williams played the part of Buddy Plummer, Erin Dilly played the part of Young Phyllis, Lauren Ward played the part of Young Sally, Roxane Barlow played the part of Young Dee Dee/Margie, Carol Bentley played the part of Young Emily, Sally Mae Dunn played the part of Young Carlotta, Dottie Earle played the part of Young Sandra, Jacqueline Hendy played the part of Young Solange, Brooke Sunny Moriber played the part of Young Heidi, Kelli O'Hara played the part of Young Hattie, Allyson Tucker played the part of Young Stella, Aldrin Gonzalez played the part of Young Roscoe, Richard Roland played the part of Young Ben, Joey Sorge played the part of Young Buddy, Rod McCune played the part of Young Theodore, Stephen Campanella played the part of Kevin. Understudies: Don Correia, Joan Barber, Dorothy Stanley, Nancy Ringham, Kelli O'Hara, Matt Wall, Peter Cormican, Nadine Isenegger, Parisa Ross, Jeffrey Hankinson.
Set on the demolition day of an old show palace, Follies tells the story of its former stars and friends as they arrive for a reunion party. Like Marcel Proust's novels, it explores themes of youth, aging, decay, and memory. It travels through time, remembering things past. It is a musical of and about ghosts. [Roundabout Theatre Upstage, Spring 2001]
The original production of Follies opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on April 4, 1971, co-directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, winning 7. Since that time it has had numerous Broadway, off-Broadway and West End revivals, including Roundabout's 2001 production and is largely considered one of Sondheim's master works.
Production records consist of 2 Hollinger boxes with 23 folders, 2 copies of the playbill, and Telecharge ticket stubs. Select artistic documentation is present but not extensive scenic/costume sketches or renderings. Orchestrations are housed separately are arranged by instrument with the musical numbers ordered as played.
Oversized drawings include bid/revised ground plan drawings (18 pages) and a light plot (2 pages).
The corresponding digital file contains:
PDF scan of education study guide
.WAV files containing radio spots
.MP4 files containing remastered b-roll footage
.JPG photos of opening night gift (tin canister) and merchandise (pink coffee mug)
TIF files containing scans of 6 color contact sheets (Shevett Studio)
.JPG scans of select pages from Playbill
TIF scans of select press with PDF of all press
Selection of color and black and white production photographs, including headshots
TIF scans of black and white slide projections
JPG images of set model (received from McNay Museum) with TIF scans of elevations
TIF file containing show art
Select Word files containing management files/memos
Orchestrations contain full played parts and housed in separate acid-free boxes.
Access Restrictions: Open and available for research by appointment only.
Preferred Citation: Follies (2001), Roundabout Theatre Company Archives
Library of Congress Subject Heading Sondheim, Stephen. FolliesRoundabout Theatre CompanyMusicalsDanner, BlytheHarrison, Gregory, 1950-Ivey, Judith, 1951-Williams, TreatGoldman, JamesBelasco Theatre (New York, N.Y.)Shubert OrganizationBergen, Polly, 1930-2014Champion, MargeGarrett, Betty, 1919-2011Roberts, Joan, 1917-2012Saddler, DonaldWhite, JaneWood, Carol, 1943-Zorich, Louis, 1924-Thompson, Mark, 1957-Aldredge, Theoni V.Vanstone, HughDean, JonathanWarchus, MatthewMarshall, KathleenTunick, Jonathan
Production box contains management and artistic documentation, including casting, press, Shubert agreement, and master script.
Production box contains stage management documentation, including set, lighting and costume, opening night, education, and details for orchestrations.