Follies Revival

Opened: March 24, 1995
Closing: May 14, 1995

Follies - 1995 - Regional (US) Tickets, News, Info & More

Arena Theatre
Wortham Center Houston

A true theatrical event, this legendary masterpiece is considered by many to be the greatest musical ever created.brbrThe time is 1971, and theatrical impresario Dimitri Weissmann (famous for his garish Weissmann Follies of yesteryear) hosts a reunion of ex-Follies performers in his crumbling theatre, setting the stage for a parade of brilliant '20s, '30s and '40s pastiche numbers that have become every bit as famous as their models: "Losing My Mind," "I'm Still Here" and "Broadway Baby," to name a few. Amid the reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present and come face to face with the future.brbrSurreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart-wrenching and epic in scope, "Follies" uses the musical theatre as a metaphor for the collapse of American innocence and naivete in the post-Kennedy years. It is a showcase for powerful dramatic actors, featuring a large cast rich in character, which provides opportunities for seasoned older performers.

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Performance Network Theatre's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Begins 11/15 by Kelsey Denette - Oct 31, 2012

Join Performance Network Theatre during the holidays for the fervent tale of six-time Tony Award- Winning romantic musical, A Little Night Music with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler on November 15 through December 30, 2012 starring Naz Edwards as Desiree and John Seibert as Fredrik. Please note there is no performance on Thanksgiving. The final preview performance will be held on Wednesday, November 21 at 7:30pm.

A CHRISTMAS STORY Pushes First Preview to 11/7 Due to Hurricane Sandy by Nicole Rosky - Oct 30, 2012

The producers of A Christmas Story, The Musical have announced that, due to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, the production has rescheduled the start of performances on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre until Wednesday November 7 at 7PM.

THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT and More Set for Slide, November 2012 by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2012

SLIDE has announced its events lineup for November 2012, celebrating five years of El' Circo entertainment and dining magic. Details below.

Photo Coverage: Musical Theatre West's 42ND STREET Opening Night Curtain Call & Party by Lily Lim - Oct 28, 2012

42nd STREET opened last night, October 27th, at Musical Theatre West, and runs for 12 performances through November 11, 2012. As with all Musical Theatre West productions, each show is created from the ground up at its rehearsal studios in Long Beach using a blend of both professional actors from Broadway, Hollywood and national tours, as well as the best in local talent. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from opening night below!

BWW Exclusive STAGE ART - CYRANO DE BERGERAC by BWW - Oct 27, 2012

This week - it's all about CYRANO DE BERGERAC! Roundabout Theatre Company's CYRANO DE BERGERAC opened on October 11, 2012 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway for a limited engagement through November 25, 2012. The play stars Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge as 'Cyrano', Clémence Poésy making her Broadway debut as 'Roxane' and Broadway veteran Patrick Page as 'Comte De Guiche.'

Photo Coverage: Beth Leavel, Marc Kudisch and More in BEST OF BROADWAY BY THE YEAR at Town Hall by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Oct 27, 2012

The Town Hall's Eighth Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival concluded with The Best of Broadway By The Year last night, October 26th at 8pm. The festival is created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from The Best of Broadway By The Year below!

Damon Kirsche, Tracy Lore and More Set for Musical Theatre West's 42ND STREET; Full Cast Announced by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2012

Paul Garman, Executive Director/Producer, has announced the cast of the ultimate Broadway musical, featuring the largest MTW cast in years. 42nd STREET, previewing October 26th, opening on October 27th and running for twelve performances through November 11, 2012. As with all Musical Theatre West productions, each show is created from the ground up at its rehearsal studios in Long Beach using a blend of both professional actors from Broadway, Hollywood and national tours, as well as the best in local talent.

Beth Leavel, Marc Kudisch and More Set for Town Hall's BEST OF BROADWAY BY THE YEAR, 10/26 by Nicole Rosky - Oct 25, 2012

The Town Hall's Eighth Annual Broadway Cabaret Festival concludes with The Best of Broadway By The Year on Friday October 26th at 8pm. The festival kicked off with Linda Eder's, Linda Eder, A New Life on Saturday October 13 and continued with Broadway Originals! on Sunday October 21st. The festival is created, written and hosted by Scott Siegel.

THE DIVA AND THE BARITONE Comes to the Players Club Tonight, 10/25 by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2012

The Diva and the Baritone, stars Metropolitan Opera baritone Theodore Lambrinos and soprano Hallie Neill. Elliot Finkel, a concert pianist with the chops of a Broadway musical director wrote the arrangements to showcase the couple's amazing vocal talents in a surprising mix of Broadway, opera and the best of the Great American songbook.

Symphony Space Presents THALIA FOLLIES, Now thru 10/27 by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2012

Tonight, October 25 marks the return of THALIA FOLLIES, NYC's only political cabaret series, coming back for its ninth season of songs, sketches, and satire on all the issues New Yorkers hold dear. Always funny, definitely pointed, and often moving, these original evenings created by Symphony Space's founding Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer and Martin Sage are guaranteed to get you talking and laughing.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY Plays 5th Avenue Theatre for Halloween, Now thru 11/11 by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2012

Just in time for Halloween, the first national tour of the new musical The Addams Family, will make its Seattle premiere tonight, October 24-November 11, 2012 at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, this smash Broadway hit brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life.

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 24th, 2012 by Paul W. Thompson - Oct 24, 2012

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Nominations end October 26 for the BWW Chicago Awards, Erich Bergen and the Marriott bring Cole Porter and Gershwin, plus 'The Dead,' Harold's crayon, three different 'Rocky Horror' shows and 'Nashville:' Is it a musical?

Regional Theater of the Week: Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, OK by BWW Features - Oct 24, 2012, the largest theatre site on the Internet, is excited to announce a new feature to its comprehensive regional coverage - the Featured Regional Theater of the Week! Each week, BWW will introduce its readers to a regional theater located in one of our (over 130!) coverage cities. By exploring these different venues, their history and showcasing the production seasons, BWW continues its commitment to expand our presence in communities and cities across the United States. This Week's Featured Regional Theater: Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

TALLEY'S FOLLY Casting Announcement by Roundabout Theatre Company - Oct 23, 2012

It is my pleasure to announce the full cast for our production of Talley's Folly, which will be directed by Michael Wilson at the Laura Pels Theatre this winter. The actors taking on this two-hander will be Danny Burstein (Matt Friedman) and Sarah Paulson (Sally Talley).

Kelli O'Hara and Ron Raines Featured on CD CELEBRATING THE AMERICAN SPIRIT, Set for Release 10/23 by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2012

Celebrating the American Spirit, performed by Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) and conducted by Judith Clurman along with guest artists, Broadway stars Kelli O'Hara and Ron Raines and composer-arranger Larry Hochman, represents an American songbook for the 21st century.

WNYC/WQXR to Present 'Inside Look: DEAD ACCOUNTS' This Thursday by Kelsey Denette - Oct 22, 2012

On Thursday, October 25 at 6pm, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR presents a conversation with the cast, director and writer of DEAD ACCOUNTS, a new comedy about families and felonies with previews beginning on Broadway on November 3.

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING Cast Album Receives November Release by Kelsey Denette - Oct 22, 2012

DRG Records announces the release of the cast recording of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING, The UN-Original Cast Album, produced by Hugh Fordin, and available in stores and online on November 27, 2012. Featured on the album are cast members Natalie Charlé Ellis, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Lee Stern and Marcus Stevens, with David Caldwell on piano.

Raúl Esparza, Kelli O’Hara and More to Perform at Encores! Gala, 11/12 by Nicole Rosky - Oct 22, 2012

New York City Center will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its Tony Award-winning Encores! series on November 12 with a Gala Benefit starring Raul Esparza and Kelli O'Hara, and featuring performers who have starred in Encores! productions over the past two decades.

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Ron Raines on Playing NEWSIES' Bad Guy, Earning a Tony Nom for FOLLIES, and More! Plus a First Look at Raines as Pulitzer! by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Oct 22, 2012

Newsies, the Tony® Award winning new American musical, has just welcomed 2012 Tony Award nominee Ron Raines as Joseph Pulitzer. In this edition, Richard chats with Ron about playing the villain, his favorite leading ladies, getting his start in opera and so much more! Plus, BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive first look at Raines singing 'The Bottom Line' in NEWSIES. Click below to watch the full interview!

Aaron Carter Extends Run in THE FANTASTICKS Through January 27 by Kelsey Denette - Oct 21, 2012

Triple-platinum recording artist Aaron Carter, scheduled to complete his run as Matt in The Fantasticks on October 21, 2012, will remain with the production through January 27, 2013. A new block of tickets is now on sale at

NEWSIES' Jack Feldman, Kara Lindsay and More Join Encompass New Opera's Celebration of Alan Menken, 10/21 by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2012

Today, Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director announced that the Honorary Chairs, Sheldon Harnick and Maury Yeston join Encompass New Opera Theatre in celebrating Alan Menken's life in the American theatre, film and recording world tonight, October 21, 2012 at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York City.

BWW Reviews: Hail Caesars Entertainment! JERSEY BOYS, PEEPSHOW & More Bring Broadway's Best to Las Vegas Strip by David Green - Oct 19, 2012

Broadway is alive and well and living in Las Vegas. The influence of the Great White Way on the Las Vegas Strip is more evident than ever and the word of the day is "QUALITY!" For theatre goers visiting Las Vegas who have digested just about "one Cirque too many" - Caesars Entertainment offers the antidote, producing the finest theatrical experiences in town ranging from a first rate production of JERSEY BOYS to Jerry Mitchell's tantalizing PEEPSHOW to the always surprising PENN AND TELLER, and more. On a recent trip to Sin City I attended five of Caesar's great theatrical offerings and was treated to a feast for the senses at every turn.

STAGE TUBE: Meet the Cast of Roundabout's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD! by Meet the Cast - Oct 19, 2012

Roundabout Theatre Company's (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) Broadway production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood begins previews tonight, Friday, October 19th at 8:00PM. The Mystery of Edwin Drood stars Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Gregg Edelman, Jim Norton, and Chita Rivera with Andy Karl, Jessie Mueller, Betsy Wolfe, Nicholas Barasch, Peter Benson, and Robert Creighton. Check out the just-released commercial for the show below and meet the cast with videos of them from past productions!

DYTE ZOMBIE FOLLIES Opens This weekend, 10/20 by Lauren Smart - Oct 19, 2012

With just two performances on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 and 8 p.m., the Courtyard Theatre will be haunted with rhythm.

Bloomington Civic Theatre Presents SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Now thru 11/17 by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2012

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) has announced Bloomington Civic Theatre's production of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George, running tonight, October 19 through November 17, 2012. This musical will be directed by Karen Weber, with associate director Rob Goudy, music director Anita Ruth, and featuring Jennifer Eckes as 'Dot' and Joey Clark as 'Georges Seurat'. BCT's production of Sunday In The Park With George is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.

Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto & Celia Keenan-Bolger to Lead THE GLASS MENAGERIE at A.R.T. in February by Nicole Rosky - Oct 18, 2012

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), under the Artistic Direction of Diane Paulus has announced the complete cast for its February 2013 production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, to be directed by Tony Award-winning director John Tiffany. Multiple Tony and Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones returns to the A.R.T. to play Amanda Wingfield, and will be joined by Zachary Quinto as Tom, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura, and Brian J. Smith as the Gentleman Caller. The Tony Award-winning design team includes set and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Clive Goodwin.

Tommy Tune Brings TAPS, TUNES AND TALL TALES to Feinstein's in November by Kelsey Denette - Oct 18, 2012

FEINSTEIN'S AT LOEWS REGENCY will continue its Fall 2012 season with the New York solo debut of Broadway legend TOMMY TUNE. Broadway's tallest tapper takes to the city's smallest stage, dancing, singing and tale-telling through 50 years of big time showmanship, all on only 4 square feet! This intimate evening - featuring Musical Director Michael Biagi on piano - will run for six shows on three nights: November 18, 25, and 26 at the Loews Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).

Carnegie Hall Celebrates Barbara Cook's 85th Birthday Tonight, 10/18 by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2012

Barbara Cook returns to Carnegie Hall to celebrate her 85th birthday tonight, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. with a special performance in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

Live Twitter Chat with SUBURGATORY's Carly Chaikin Set for Today, 10/17 by TV News Desk - Oct 17, 2012

Fans of ABC's hit comedy series SUBURGATORY will be able to submit questions and receive real-time responses from Carly Chaikin, who will be up on Twitter at @carlychaikin, during the East Coast broadcast of the show TONIGHT, OCTOBER 17 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET). Chaikin will offer commentary and share behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING Extends Run Through April 28, 2013 by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2012

Due to overwhelming popular demand, the producers of Gerard Alessandrini's brand- new FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING have announced the show will be extending its run at the 47th Street Theatre (304 West 47th Street - just west of Eighth Avenue) through April 28th, 2013. The production is co-directed by Phillip George. FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: ALIVE AND KICKING opened on September 6th after a three-year absence from New York.

A Conversation with Choreographer: Warren Carlyle by Roundabout Theatre Company - Oct 17, 2012

Ted Sod, Education Dramaturg, interviewed Choreographer Warren Carlyle about his work on The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

BWW Reviews: Rockin' with the Ages' THE BEAT GOES ON! Has Hot Pink Written All Over It by Don Grigware - Oct 17, 2012

The fourth show from Jackie Goldberg and Rockin' with the Ages The Beat Goes On! is by far their BEST, most slick and vibrant and totally indicative of Goldberg's great philosophy for all seniors to 'Get Up, Get Out and Get a Life!' It really MOVES! But you don't have to be a senior to enjoy the show. There's something for everyone from hip hop to rock and roll to 'Young at Heart'.

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for October 17th, 2012 by Paul W. Thompson - Oct 17, 2012

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The Jeff Award results, 'Smokey Joe's' impresses, three presidential musicals (at least!), old and new shows in Evanston, Ann Hampton Callaway in Lakeview and more!

Review - Heresy by Ben Peltz - Oct 16, 2012

Stephen Sondheim's “Uptown, Downtown,” that axed-from-Follies number about a woman who splits her personality between Schlitz and The Ritz, might well apply to the most recent plays of A.R. Gurney.

2012 Equity Jeff Awards Announced - THE ICEMAN COMETH, FOLLIES, THE PITMEN PAINTERS Take Top Honors by BWW Special Coverage - Oct 16, 2012

The gala 44th Annual Jeff Equity Awards ceremony honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the immediate Chicago area was held on Monday, October 15, at Drury Lane Oakbrook.

Trumpeter/Composer Allen Vizzutti Releases RITZVILLE Today, Oct 16 by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2012

Trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti has enjoyed a prolific career as performer and educator in both the jazz and classicAl Fields since his early days with Woody Herman's big band and his notable four-year tenure with Chick Corea. The release of Vizzutti's superb new CD 'Ritzville,' today October 16, is an especially welcome event because the in-demand trumpeter/composer has recorded all too infrequently as a leader. 'Ritzville' brings the focus back to his primary passion of "performing music I love with my jazz group."

PRINCE OF BROADWAY Presentation Held Today with LaChanze, Skinner, Boggess & More by Robert Diamond - Oct 16, 2012 has learned that a new presentation of the production is taking place today, to hopefully line up additional investors for the show. In the cast of today's reading are Josh Grisetti, LaChanze, Emily Skinner, Sierra Boggess, Shuler Henlsey, Richard Kind, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Caroline O'Connor and David Pittu.

Photo Blast from the Past - Milton Berle and George Burns by Walter McBride - Oct 15, 2012

Today, we're featuring Milton Berle and George Burns in 1982. Berle's Broadway credits include See My Lawyer, Ziegfeld Follies of 1943, I'll Take the High Road, Seventeen, The Goodbye People and more. Burns starred on Broadway in Say Goodnight Gracie and When Johnny Comes Marching Home.

STAGE TUBE: Sutton Foster Sings 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Yankees Game by Stage Tube - Oct 15, 2012

Broadway star and lead in ABC Family's new show 'Bunheads' Sutton Foster sang the National Anthem at last night's (October 14th) Yankees game. Click below to listen to her performance!

THE PRINCE OF BROADWAY Back on for Fall of 2013? by Robert Diamond - Nov 2, 2012

Following up on BWW's exclusive scoop on a presentation of the show, Michael Riedel reports this morning that the show has indeed been picked up by Tom Viertel and Richard Frankel who are aiming to bring the show to New York next fall.

Around the Broadway World: Regional Highlights for the Week of 10/29 by BWW Special Coverage - Nov 2, 2012

In this week's edition of 'Around the Broadway World: Regional Highlights of the Week', we bring you the most-read stories for the week of October 29. Catch up on all the latest theater happenings from all corners of the world!

Lorna Luft Stars in Fabulous Palm Springs Follies' DANCE TO THE MUSIC Season Opener, Beg. 11/1 by David Green - Nov 1, 2012

Renowned, powerhouse vocalist and entertainer Lorna Luft will headline the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies newest incarnation, DANCE TO THE MUSIC, when it opens today, November 1 in the historic Plaza Theatre in downtown Palm Springs. Born to legendary entertainer Judy Garland and producer Sid Luft, Lorna's acclaimed career has encompassed virtually every arena of entertainment. A celebrated live performer, stage, film and television actress, best selling author, recording artist and Emmy nominated producer - she continues to triumph in every medium with critics labeling her one of the most vibrant, versatile and exciting artists on stage today.

Sean McDermott, Cady Huffman, Nellie McKay Featured in Two Readings at Inge Center, 11/3 by Sierra Fox - Nov 1, 2012

Nellie McKay, Cady Huffman, and Sean McDermott and additional guest artists contribute their talents to the public reading of a new play and musical at the William Inge Center for the Arts. The readings are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 3 at the William Inge Theatre at Independence Community College, Independence, Kansas.

Restored FUNNY GIRL to Open TCM Film Festival, 4/25 by Nicole Rosky - Nov 1, 2012

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2013 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the musical classic Funny Girl (1968). TCM's own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Funny Girl to kick off the four-day, star-studded event taking place Thursday, April 25 - Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Hollywood. In addition to Funny Girl, the TCM Classic Film Festival will feature world premiere restorations of The General (1926), Giant (1956) and The Great Escape (1962), with many additional titles to be announced later.

Catherine Zeta-Jones Narrates THE RUNAWAY BUNNY, Michael Douglas Narrates THE STORY OF BABAR on CD, 11/15 by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2012

GPR Records (Glen Roven, Peter Fitzgerald, Richard Cohen, artistic directors) will release a children's CD of Catherine Zeta-Jones narrating The Runaway Bunny, based on the best selling children's classic by Margaret Wise Brown. Michael Douglas narrates everyone's favorite elephant - The Story of Babar - The Little Elephant, a 1931 classic written by Jean de Brunhoff. Also on the CD will be English Baritone Mark Stone singing Goodnight Moon also by Margaret Wise Brown. The CD, distributed by Naxos, will be released on November 15th and will be available at, Amazon, and iTunes.



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