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Emily Skinner, Christiane Noll & More Will Star in Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' FOLLIES

The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (The Rep) will kick off its 50th anniversary season with an all-star cast performing in Stephen Sondheim's masterpiece Follies. Directed by Rob Ruggiero, this brilliant and innovative musical runs September 7 - October 2 on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts.

Leading the cast are Broadway standouts Emily Skinner (as Phyllis), Bradley Dean (Ben), Christiane Noll (Sally) and Adam Heller (Buddy). The supporting cast includes Broadway performers Nancy Opel (Carlotta) and Dorothy Stanley (Emily), as well as Chicago theatre luminary E. Faye Butler (Stella).

St. Louis' local theatre stars will also be well-represented in the cast. Joneal Joplin (Weismann), Zoe Vonder Haar (Hattie) and Ron Himes (Max) are among the area performers taking part in this landmark production of Follies.

The cast includes three Tony nominees: Skinner (for Side Show), Noll (for Ragtime) and Opel (for Urinetown).

"We have assembled an extraordinary cast of actors which include Tony nominees, Broadway vets, top-notch local talent and exciting young performers," Ruggiero said. "I couldn't be more excited to be helming this production of Follies, which opens The Rep's 50th season."

"This is just a brilliant way to launch our 50th season," said Steven Woolf, The Rep's Artistic Director. "With a thrilling cast and impressive creative team, this will be a very special production of this amazing show."

Featuring a book by James Goldman, Sondheim's remarkable musical salutes the world of show business with lavish panache. The former stars of the Weismann Follies have gathered one last time to relive their faded glories. Past and present collide as their memories spring to life. Filled with an exuberant score and poignant observations of love and memory, it's an unforgettable musical experience.

Subscriptions to The Rep's golden anniversary 2016-2017 season are currently on sale, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 314-968-4925 or visiting the Loretto-Hilton Center at 130 Edgar Road (on the campus of Webster University) from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Single tickets for Follies will go on sale August 15.

For more information about Follies and The Rep's upcoming season, visit www.repstl.org/season.


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