Follies 2019

Run Time:
Two hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission
Ages: 10+
Opened: February 19, 2019
Closing: May 11, 2019

Follies - 2019 - West End History , Info & More

National Theatre (Olivier)
(Waterloo) South Bank London

After a sold-out run, Follies, winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, returns in 2019.

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.

Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical includes such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I'm Still Here and Losing My Mind.

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2018 FOLLIES Cast Recording is Now Available At The NT Bookshop
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2019

Following the final performance of Follies in the Olivier on 11 May, the National Theatre announces the CD release of Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical Follies - 2018 National Theatre Cast Recording this Friday, 17 May.

Song Insights: 'One More Kiss', FOLLIES
by Rona Kelly - May 11, 2019

Today is the last day of Follies at the National Theatre, which means we have time for just one more Song Insight before they part, as Nigel Lilley talks 'One More Kiss'.

Song Insights: 'Who's That Woman?', FOLLIES
by Rona Kelly - May 4, 2019

Lord, lord, lord, how is there only one week left of Follies at the National?! This week, we're looking at a show stopping dance routine from the show with choreographer Bill Deamer and MC Nigel Lilley: 'Who's That Woman?'

Song Insights: 'I'm Still Here', FOLLIES
by Rona Kelly - April 17, 2019

Taking us through the gamuts A to Z of 'I'm Still Here', Tracie Bennett and Nigel Lilley breakdown the demands, delivery and tiny details of the number.

Song Insights: 'Buddy's Blues', FOLLIES
by Rona Kelly - April 6, 2019

Hello folks, we're into the Follies! To kick off the new Follies Song Insights, we're looking at the song that kicks off the Follies-style numbers which close the show: 'Buddy's Blues', with Buddy himself Peter Forbes and music director Nigel Lilley.

BWW Interview: Nigel Lilley Talks FOLLIES
by Rona Kelly - April 3, 2019

Nigel Lilley serves as Music Director, part of a team who have worked alongside Stephen Sondheim and Jonathan Tunick on this production. Taking us back to his early experiences of Sondheim, Nigel also shares what it means to work with him and Jonathan today.

The National Theatre to Host A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim
by Julie Musbach - March 26, 2019

On Friday 29 March, 6.10pm - 6.50pm, at the Olivier Theatre, the National Theatre will host Stephen Sondheim in conversation to accompany the currently running production of Follies.

CD Review: FOLLIES, 2018 National Theatre Cast Recording
by Marianka Swain - March 11, 2019

The meticulous care of the National Theatre's production is continued in the soundtrack recording, demonstrating the collaborative brilliance of orchestrations from Jonathan Tunick and Josh Clayton, music supervision from Nicholas Skilbeck, and musical direction from Nigel Lilley - the latter conducting an exceptionally disciplined and articulate 21-piece orchestra.

What Did Critics Think of the National's FOLLIES?
by Julie Musbach - February 25, 2019

After a sold-out run, Follies returns to the NT in 2019. Let's see what the critics had to say.

Photo Flash: First Look at National Theatre's FOLLIES
by Stephi Wild - February 19, 2019

After a sold-out run, Follies returns to the NT in 2019. Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical includes such classic songs as 'Broadway Baby', 'I'm Still Here' and 'Losing My Mind'. Featuring a cast of 40 and an orchestra of 21, Follies is directed by Dominic Cooke. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Peter Forbes return to reprise their roles, with Alexander Hanson and Joanna Riding joining the cast as Ben and Sally.

BWW Album Review: FOLLIES (2018 National Theatre Cast Recording) Touches the Sublime
by David Clarke - January 19, 2019

Once one of the costliest flops in Broadway history, FOLLIES is now highly regarded as a true classic in musical theater canon. The well-reviewed National Theatre revival, which ran through January 3, 2018, is scheduled to return to the West End this spring, and the sumptuously lush FOLLIES (2018 National Theatre Cast Recording) is now available digitally.

Follies FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Beautiful Girls
Don't Look at Me
Waiting for the Girls Upstairs
Listen to the Rain on the Roof
Ah, Paris!
Broadway Baby
The Road You Didn't Take
Bolero d'Amour
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 [i]
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 Lucy and Jessie
Live, Laugh, Love
Opening Montage
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Bring on the Girls
Can That Boy Fox Trot!
It Wasn't Meant to Happen
Pleasant Little Kingdom
That Old Piano Roll
The World's Full of Boys/The World's Full of Girls
In Someone's Eyes
Uptown, Downtown
Little White House
Who Could Be Blue?
Country House
Social Dancing
Loveland [ii]
Ah, But Underneath
Make the Most of Your Music
Overture
Don't Look At Me
Waiting For The Girls Upstairs
Ah, Paris!
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?
You're Gonna Love Tomorrow
Buddy's Blues
Losing My Mind
Lucy And Jessie
Live, Laugh, Love
Follies has had 20 productions including Broadway which opened in 1971, Broadway which opened in 1971, US Tour which opened in 1972, Off-Broadway which opened in 1976, Regional (US) which opened in 1983, Off-Broadway which opened in 1985, West End which opened in 1987, Regional (US) which opened in 1988, Los Angeles which opened in 1990, Regional (US) which opened in 1995, West End which opened in 1996, Milburn, NJ (Regional) which opened in 1998, Broadway which opened in 2001, Broadway which opened in 2001, London Fringe which opened in 2002, Off-Broadway which opened in 2007, Washington, DC (Regional) which opened in 2011, Broadway which opened in 2011, West End which opened in 2017 and West End which opened in 2019.

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