Images have been released showing Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and the cast of Follies at the National Theatre in rehearsals. Dominic Cooke directed Stephen Sondheim’s musical, which has a book by James Goldman. The story follows ‘the Follies girls’, who gather thirty years after their final performance together. It features the classic songs “Broadway Baby”, “I’m Still Here” and “Losing My Mind." The full cast includes Philip Quast, Tracie Bennett, Peter Forbes, Di Botcher, Dawn Hope, Josephine Barstow and Liz Izen.
The National Theatre will produce a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical Follies at the Olivier Theatre in late 2017. Set on the crumbling stage of a Broadway theatre the musical brings together past performers from the Weismann's Follies as they reunite for one final time before the venue's destruction. The show primarily focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone and their own memories, challenges and roads they didn't take.
Imelda Staunton will star alongside Janie Dee and Philip Quast, with further casting to be announced.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind.
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