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The Will Rogers Follies - 1991 - Broadway

Inspired by the words of Will Rogers and Betty Rogers

The Will Rogers Follies focuses on the life and career of

famed humorist and performer Will Rogers (“Oklahoma’s

favorite son”). Using the Ziegfeld Follies as a backdrop,

Follies describes the episodes of Rogers’ life in spectacular

production numbers and conveys the personality of

this quintessentially American figure using snippets of

his famous homespun style of wisdom and common

sense. Follies was the winner of the Tony and Drama

Desk Award for Best Musical.

Schedule

Palace Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
1564 Broadway
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2016
The Will Rogers Follies is a show about Will Rogers - an unique American, who, though he died in 1935, remains a beloved figure remembered for his humor, his wisdom, and his just plain common sense. At the heart of his populist philosophy was his most famous statement: "I never met a man I didn't like." Rogers became the biggest, most popular, and highest paid star of every existing medium of his time - stage, screen, radio, newspapers, and public appearances.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2019
We're throwing it back, Block-style! The Twitter account 'Stephanie J. Block Doing Things' has posted a throwback video of Block as Ziegfeld's Favorite in The Will Rogers Follies in 1994 in Branson, MO.
by Rich Mehrenberg - Sep 27, 2019
Will Rogers wore many hats. He was a radio personality, newspaper columnist, movie star, public speaker, and presidential candidate. All of these roles and more are brought to life in his bio-musical, The Will Rogers Follies playing now at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017
Last night during an exclusive member event, Michael Gennaro, Goodspeed's Executive Director, announced three terrific titles on track for next season.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017
From Sept. 27 through Oct. 15, catch Will-a-Mania with the Wilde Broadway Season opener The Will Rogers Follies. This first show in this fall series at The Players Centre for Performing Arts is a toe-tapping, dance-filled journey through the life of Will Rogers.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 3, 2018
Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Today is Mean Girls day, and more!
by BroadwayWorld JR - Oct 25, 2017
Producer Thommie Retter (Billy Elliot The Musical) and Director/Choreographer Ann Cooley (Victor/Victoria (Nat.Tour), The Producers (Nat. Tour), The Will Rogers Follies, ) bring together a team of 21 teen actors for a production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' with additional contributions from writer Anthony Giunta's ('Contest', the movie).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018
In 1991, a nineteen year-old Beto O'Rourke wrote a theatre review for a Broadway show- The Will Rogers Follies. The review has recently come to light, and the Texas Senate candidate has a lot to answer for. The review in the October 10, 1991 edition of the Columbia Daily Spectator reads: 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016
Recording artist and Broadway actress Luba Mason (Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, over half a dozen Broadway shows) is set to headline the final night of the Bratislava Jazz Days Festival in Slovakia, performing on Sunday, October 23 at 8:30pm. Held annually since 1975 on the riverbank of the Danube, this popular international festival hosts performers and composers from Europe and the United States.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2017
Producer Thommie Retter (Billy Elliot The Musical) and Director/Choreographer Ann Cooley (Victor/Victoria (Nat.Tour), The Producers (Nat. Tour), The Will Rogers Follies, ) bring together a team of 21 teen actors for a production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' with additional contributions from writer Anthony Giunta's ('Contest', the movie).
by Behind the Curtain - Nov 5, 2017
Well, we've got her, so we are going to flaunt her. The wonderful, Tony Award-winning Cady Huffman swings by Shetler Studios to look back on her career, including such shows as LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, BIG DEAL, THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES, STEEL PIER, THE PRODUCERS, THE NANCE, and many others!
by TV News Desk - Nov 14, 2017
Monday Morning Productions is in pre-production for its next original comedy series, CADY DID, starring stage and screen veteran Cady Huffman.
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 11, 2017
Producer Thommie Retter (Billy Elliot The Musical) and Director/Choreographer Ann Cooley (Victor/Victoria (Nat.Tour), The Producers (Nat. Tour), The Will Rogers Follies, ) bring together a team of 21 teen actors for a production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' with additional contributions from writer Anthony Giunta's ('Contest', the movie). BroadwayWorld has an inside look at their rehearsal, check out the photos below!
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017
BroadwayWorld has a first look at the Donny Osmond voiced production of THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES! Pioneer Theatre Company previously announced Donny Osmond's involvement in the upcoming production of the musical The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Review, running May 5 - 20, 2017.
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2018
Today, Saturday, May 19th, BroadwayWorld is going behind the scenes of WAITRESS on our Instagram!
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017
Two internationally acclaimed dance companies, a celebrated choreographer and a Tony Award-winning host have just been added to the already stellar lineup of Fire Island Dance Festival, which takes the stage July 14-16, 2017, in Fire Island, NY.
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016
The Will Rogers Follies is a show about Will Rogers - a unique American, who, though he died in 1935, remains a beloved figure remembered for his humor, his wisdom, and his just plain common sense. At the heart of his populist philosophy was his most famous statement: "I never met a man I didn't like." Rogers became the biggest, most popular, and highest paid star of every existing medium of his time - stage, screen, radio, newspapers, and public appearances.
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017
Pioneer Theatre Company previously announced Donny Osmond's involvement in the upcoming production of the musical The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Review, running May 5 - 20, 2017. Osmond will serve as the recorded voice of 'Florenz Ziegfeld,' a role recorded by Gregory Peck in the original Broadway production. Osmond has contributed his time and talent in support of Pioneer Theatre Company.
by BWW Special - May 18, 2018
BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature A CHORUS LINE, LES MIS, SOMETHING ROTTEN, And More!
by Joseph Harrison - May 13, 2018
Every once in a while, a person is born who is destined to influence the world in ways yet to be seen. Sometimes these men and women are born into a position of power, such as a king or queen, and other times they do whatever it takes to become great and powerful business or political leaders on the backs of others. But once in a blue moon there comes a man who gains fortune and fame for simply being someone who people connect with, who speaks the truth, and who does his best to make the world a better place than he left it. One such man is the sage from Oologah ,Oklahoma, William Penn Adair Rogers. As time passes, fewer and fewer people are alive who had first-hand experience reading Will Rogers' column, listening to him on the radio, or seeing his films. It is for that reason, that we are lucky a show like THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES exists, and even luckier that Goodspeed Musicals chose it for the opening production of its 2018 season. Telling his life story over the course of a Ziegfeld follies extravaganza (another thing that many today have no memory of), this dazzling, colorful, and heartwarming musical takes audiences on a journey from rags to riches with America's "Cowboy Philosopher".
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017
BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature LE CAGE AUX FOLLES in Singapore, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS in Birmingham, IN THE HEIGHTS in Connecticut and More!
by Tyler Hinton - May 10, 2017
Pioneer Theatre Company's production of the rarely revived THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES is full of glitz; glamor; and simple, homespun fun.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2018
Goodspeed Musicals kicks off its 2018 season with the Broadway hit The Will Rogers Follies, A Life In Revue. The exuberant dance-filled musical will be running April 13 - June 21 at The Goodspeed in East Haddam, Conn.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2019
With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
by Adrienne Onofri - Jun 3, 2016
The cast album from City Center's 'Paint Your Wagon', starring Carradine, has just come out.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2019
Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) presents the second and final show of the 2019 Nutmeg Summer Series: "Cabaret," the Tony-Award-winning musical centering around a German nightclub against the backdrop of the Nazis' rise to power. The cast will be led by Olivier Award-winner Laura Michelle Kelly (Broadway's "Mary Poppins," "Finding Neverland") as Sally Bowles and Tony Award-nominee Forrest McClendon ("The Scottsboro Boys") as the Emcee. They will be joined by three-time Tony Award-nominee Dee Hoty (Broadway's "The Will Rogers Follies," "Footloose") and Jonathan Brody (Broadway's "Spamalot," "A Bronx Tale"). Scott LaFeber will direct with choreography by Christopher d'Amboise. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113.
by Michael Dale - Jun 10, 2016
Cynd iLauper is the first woman to win the Tony for Best Score without a male partner.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018
Goodspeed favorite and Broadway alumni William Parry will join the cast of the spring hit The Will Rogers Follies in the role of Clem Rogers. This marks Mr. Parry's sixth Goodspeed production, having appeared previously in The Circus in Winter,High Button Shoes, The Gig, Good Sports and Blanco!. His Broadway credits include Groundhog Day, Gypsy, Sunday in the Park with George, Camelot and Jesus Christ Superstar, to name a few.
by Michael Dale - Jun 1, 2016
The two-time Tony nominee takes questions from Facebook users before the Wednesday matinee.
by Craig Richardson - Jul 5, 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is historically known as being the city of brotherly love. With a current population of over one and half million residents, a lot has happened throughout the centuries during the city's rich past. It's a city that has won world series, held conventions on women's rights and a place that inspired 'rocket man' Elton John's hit 'Philadelphia Freedom' based on the Philadelphia Freedoms world tennis team, ultimately becoming an anthem for the city. And long before 'covfefe' tweets, proposed border walls, and transgender military bans, Congress met for the first time to formulate and write the Declaration of Independence, a document holding dear to the truths that all men are created equal and are forever granted the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Wichita Scottish Rite Signature Theatre recreates the 'room where it all happens' in their current and limited engagement production of 1776 now running until July 3rd at Wichita Center for the Performing Arts.
by Paul Smith - Jul 4, 2019
Happy Fourth of July! On this very special day on which we celebrate our nation's independence, we can't help thinking about some of our favorite songs celebrating America... as featured in Broadway musicals, of course! Kick off the holiday weekend with some of our very favorite patriotic showtunes!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2019
Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen, is currently in its third record-smashing year at the Music Box Theatre. Following the success of the Broadway production, a national tour launched soon after, bringing the story across North America. A sit-down production made its way to Toronto earlier this year, and will be followed by a West End production set to debut in October 2019 at the Noel Coward Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016
The Broadway community mourns the loss of Chairman of the Nederlander Organization, theatre owner/operator, producer and presenter James M. Nederlander, who passed away on July 25th at age 94. Venues across the West End and on Broadway will be dimming their lights in his honor on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017
Two internationally acclaimed dance companies, a celebrated choreographer and a Tony Award-winning host have just been added to the already stellar lineup of Fire Island Dance Festival, which takes the stage July 14-16, 2017, in Fire Island, NY.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016
Theater professionals from across Michigan will gather Aug. 29 when The 2016 Wilde Awards are presented at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield. Presented by EncoreMichigan.com, the most comprehensive resource for news and information about the state's professional theater industry, The Wilde Awards were established in 2002 to honor the excellent work produced by Michigan's professional theaters.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2020
From Hello, Dolly! and Mame to La Cage aux Folles, no one has written 'showtunes' with as much exuberance as Jerry Herman whose musicals offer an optimistic approach to the human condition, finding common ground with his audience by showing us that the differences between us are, in fact, what unite us. Lyrics & Lyricists 2020 season continues with a celebration of the composer, lyricist and songwriter whose joyful scores have sent us from the theater humming for more than 50 years. Singing them at L&L are Quentin Earl Darrington (Once on This Island), Cady Huffman (The Will Rogers Follies, Chicago, The Producers), Bryonha Marie Parham (The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Prince of Broadway), and Ryan Vona (Once, Beautiful).
by Behind the Curtain - Jan 15, 2019
She's Dee-lightful, she's Dee-licious, she's Dee Hoty! Three time tony nominee Dee Hoty swings by Shetler Studios to look back on her illustrious performing career which includes starring roles in Barnum, Me and My Girl, City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Follies, Footloose, Mamma Mia, Gigi, and Bright Star!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2018
TADA! Youth Theater will honor Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Leslie Uggams (Empire, Deadpool, Hallelujah, Baby!, Thoroughly Modern Millie) and performer, director, choreographer and Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune (The Will Rogers Follies, Grand Hotel, Nine, Seesaw) at its annual Gala. The evening will feature a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, and performances by the honorees, TADA!'s Resident Youth Ensemble, Broadway Inspirational Voices, Jason Robert Brown, and Michael James Leslie, along with many more great surprises!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2017
This morning, the TODAY show's Al Roker sat down with Broadway icon Chita Rivera for his Living Legends series.
by Keith Waits - Feb 17, 2020
Hot off the success of Les Misérables, the creative team of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil created another war musical: Miss Saigon. Loosely based on the opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is an epic romance set right before the end of and three years after the Vietnam War. While the musical ultimately lost the 'Best New Musical' Tony to 'The Will Rogers Follies' in 1991, when done properly, it remains one of Broadway's greatest spectacles, something that this production has absolutely taken to heart.
by Alan Henry - Dec 19, 2016
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report the passing of Tony Award Winner Dick Latessa, who is fondly remembered for his timeless Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning performance as Wilbur Turnblad in the original Broadway production of Hairspray.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016
The Will Rogers Follies is a show about Will Rogers - a unique American, who, though he died in 1935, remains a beloved figure remembered for his humor, his wisdom, and his just plain common sense. At the heart of his populist philosophy was his most famous statement: 'I never met a man I didn't like.' Rogers became the biggest, most popular, and highest paid star of every existing medium of his time - stage, screen, radio, newspapers, and public appearances.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017
Pioneer Theatre Company announces Donny Osmond's involvement in the upcoming production of the musical The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Review, running May 5 - 20, 2017.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018
Goodspeed presents THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES! Telling the life story of humorist Will Rogers, the Tony-Award winning musical features a book by Peter Stone, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Cy Coleman.THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES begins performances on April 13th and will run through June 21st.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2020
Theatre Under The Stars announced the winners of the 2020 Tommy Tune Awards during an online event this evening that streamed on both Facebook and YouTube.
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016
Writers seeking fame and recognition are generally advised to steer clear of the task of writing books for Broadway musicals. Regarded by theatre insiders to be perhaps the most vital, yet most underappreciated element of a successful musical, the book oftentimes receives the least credit when a musical's a hit, but is the first thing blamed if it's a flop.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018
BroadwayWorld has a first look at Goodspeed's THE Will Rogers FOLLIES! Telling the life story of humorist Will Rogers, the Tony-Award winning musical features a book by Peter Stone, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and music by Cy Coleman.THE Will Rogers FOLLIES begins performances on April 13th and will run through June 21st.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017
Pioneer Theatre Company presents The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue, running May 5 - 20, 2017. The musical was the toast of Broadway when it premiered in 1991, winning the 1991 Tony Award for best musical.