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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.

Palace Theatre (Broadway)


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by A.A. Cristi - Sep 6, 2022
Tony Award nominees Michael John LaChiusa and Ellen Fitzhugh's newest collaboration LOS OTROS, recently opened at A.R.T./New York Theatres (through October 8).  See photos of the opening night festivities.
by Stephi Wild - 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 Blair Ingenthron - Sep 18, 2022
LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL by Lanie Robertson will run at Playhouse on Park September 28 - October 16, 2022. This production will be directed by Broadway veteran Stephanie Pope Lofgren. Check out a first look at rehearsals here.
by Gigi Gervais - Oct 31, 2021
Broadway’s Nancy Ringham (Follies, The Will Rogers Follies) will assume the role of Arry in the new production of Paul Osborn’s Morning’s At Seven, currently playing through January 9 at Theatre at St. Clement’s. Producers have announced that Ringham stepped into the role when Judith Ivey had to exit the production due to injury.
by Stephi Wild - Oct 3, 2018
Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Today is Mean Girls day, and more!
by Stephi Wild - Oct 26, 2021
Dancers over 40 presents a one-night-only special event: Our One and Only: A Celebration of Tommy Tune on Monday, November 15th, 8pm at the Actors' Temple Theatre in NYC, to kick off publication of DO40 member Kevin Winkler's new book, Everything is Choreography, The Musical Theater of Tommy Tune (in stores and online Nov. 15th). 
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 Nicole Rosky - 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 - 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 A.A. Cristi - Nov 4, 2021
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century will release its latest joyous virtual video, “Our Favorite Son” from the Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies, performed by Cady Huffman in the role of Will Rogers, and 10 original Broadway cast members, along with 10 of ADM21's featured dancers.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2021
American Dance Machine for the 21st Century has released its latest joyous virtual video, “Our Favorite Son” from the Broadway musical The Will Rogers Follies, performed by Tony Award winner Cady Huffman in the role of Will Rogers, and 10 original Broadway cast members, along with 10 of ADM21’s featured dancers.
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 17, 2021
Dancers Over 40's celebration of Tommy Tune and DO40 author Kevin Winkler’s book, Everything is Choreography: The Musical Theater of Tommy Tune! Sold out! Over 120 in attendance at the Actors’ Temple Theatre in NYC. Two panels, three performances, videos, and a premiere video from ADM21 rounded out the evening.
by Emily Bruno - 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 Stephi Wild - Nov 1, 2021
Today's top stories: go inside rehearsals for the Dutch production of Come From Away, Morning's at Seven delays off-Broadway opening, Broadway Sessions returns, and more!
by Alan Henry - 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 Marissa Tomeo - May 29, 2022
The 2022 Tommy Tune Awards from Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) held virtually once again this year, premiered at 7 p.m. tonight on the musical theatre company’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
by Alan Henry - 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 Alan Henry - 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 Alan Henry - 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 Nicole Rosky - Mar 3, 2022
On President’s Day Weekend, BroadwayHD founders, Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane rode on a block-long float in a Mardi Gras parade, tossing beads and doubloons into a crowd of thousands, while on route to meet the Mayor. Known for some of the best live music venues in the world, New Orleans recognizes the value of live entertainment so it's no surprise that Mayor LaToya Cantrell would celebrate Comley and Lane with a Key to the City. 
by Julie Musbach - 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 Paul Smith - 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 Stephi Wild - 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 Julie Musbach - 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 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 A.A. Cristi - 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 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 Chloe Rabinowitz - 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 A.A. Cristi - 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 Ricky Pope - Feb 20, 2022
As the pandemic nears its much overdue endemic end, artists are coming out of the woodwork to sum up the past 24 months with their personal stories of survival and thriving. Last September, Tony award winner Cady Huffman and respected jazz bassist Mary Ann McSweeney presented such an evening at Birdland. With only the two of themselves, they put together an eclectic evening of jazz-flavored tunes with Ms. McSweeney on bass and Ms. Huffman on vocals entitled IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR: SONGS INSPIRED BY A PANDEMIC. This coming Tuesday, February 22, Huffman and McSweeney will present a new and improved version of the show at The Green Room 42, with a few surprises for those who caught the show before.
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 Stephi Wild - Aug 4, 2022
Rehearsals are underway for the New York premiere production of Los Otros, a musical in one act with book & lyrics by Tony Award nominee Ellen Fitzhugh and music by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa.  Meet the Company in these photos! 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 27, 2021
On Wednesday night, Broadway veteran Elizabeth Ward Land returned to The Green Room 42 with her acclaimed concert STILL WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE- THE SONGS OF LINDA RONSTADT for a special one-night-only encore.
by Alan Henry - 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 A.A. Cristi - 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 Alan Henry - 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.

The Will Rogers Follies Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of The Will Rogers Follies have their been?
The Will Rogers Follies has had 5 productions including Broadway which opened in 1991, Broadway which opened in 1991, US Tour which opened in 1992, Milburn, NJ (Regional) which opened in 1998 and East Haddam, CT (Regional) which opened in 2018.

What Tony Awards has The Will Rogers Follies been nominated for?
Best Musical , Best Book of a Musical for Peter Stone, Best Choreography for Tommy Tune, Best Costume Design for Willa Kim , Best Direction of a Musical for Tommy Tune, Best Lighting Design for Jules Fisher, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Cy Coleman, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Betty ComdenBest Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Adolph Green and Best Revival for Tony Walton.

What Tony Awards has The Will Rogers Follies won?
Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Peter Stone, Best Choreography for Tommy Tune, Best Costume Design for Willa Kim , Best Direction of a Musical for Tommy Tune, Best Lighting Design for Jules Fisher Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Cy Coleman and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Betty Comden Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Adolph Green Best Revival for Tony Walton.

What other awards has The Will Rogers Follies been nominated for?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Cy ColemanOutstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Will Rogers Follies and Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Billy Byers.

What other awards has The Will Rogers Follies won?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Cy Coleman Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Will Rogers Follies Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Billy Byers.

What productions of The Will Rogers Follies have their been?
The Will Rogers Follies has had 5 productions including Broadway which opened in 1991, Broadway which opened in 1991, US Tour which opened in 1992, Milburn, NJ (Regional) which opened in 1998 and East Haddam, CT (Regional) which opened in 2018.

What awards has The Will Rogers Follies been nominated for?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Cy ColemanOutstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Will Rogers Follies and Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Billy Byers.

What awards has The Will Rogers Follies won?
Best Musical (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards ), Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Cy Coleman Outstanding Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Will Rogers Follies Outstanding Orchestration (Drama Desk Awards) for Billy Byers.

What is the order of songs in The Will Rogers Follies and what's the order?
Will-a-Mania
Give a Man Enough Rope
It's a Boy!
So Long Pa
My Unknown Someone
Wild West Show
Dog Act
The Big Time
My Big Mistake
The Powder Puff Ballet
Marry Me Now
Without You
Favorite Son
No Man Left for Me
Presents for Mrs. Rogers
Never Met a Man I Didn't Like
Let's Go Flying
We're Heading for a Wedding
Look Around
The Crinoline

What productions of The Will Rogers Follies have there been?
The Will Rogers Follies has had 5 productions including Broadway which opened in 1991, Broadway which opened in 1991, US Tour which opened in 1992, Milburn, NJ (Regional) which opened in 1998 and East Haddam, CT (Regional) which opened in 2018.