Follies
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

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Follies

Book by James Goldman
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by Dev Bondarin

May 3 – 26, 2018

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm
Saturdays at 2pm

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:

New York Innovative Theatre Awards, 2018

WINNER– Outstanding Ensemble
WINNER- Sara Brians, Outstanding Choreography/Movement
WINNER- Jennifer Jacob, Outstanding Costume Design
WINNER- LaDonna Burns, Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role
NOMINEE- Outstanding Production of a Musical
NOMINEE- Greg Horton, Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role
NOMINEE- Victoria Bundonis, Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role
NOMINEE- Ann Beyersdorfer, Outstanding Set Design
NOMINEE- Annie Wiegand, Outstanding Lighting Design
NOMINEE- Caroline Eng & James Higgins, Outstanding Sound Design

Synopsis

 

Before their former theater is demolished, the former “Weismann Follies” showgirls reunite to say goodbye. In one evening, memory and time intermingle as two couples confront the truth about their past and their present in order to face the future. Featuring some of Sondheim’s most well-known songs, including “Losing My Mind,” “I’m Still Here,” and “Broadway Baby,” Follies juxtaposes innocence with sophistication, harsh reality with surrealism, and the dreams of what will be with the regrets of what was.

 

Production History

  

Follies opened on Broadway in April 1971 and marked the fourth creative collaboration between Stephen Sondheim and Harold Prince. The cast included Yvonne DeCarlo and Graciela Daniele and ran a little over a year, closing after 522 performances. The production received seven Tony Awards, including Best Score, in 1972. Two regional productions followed a year later, both directed by Prince. In 1985, after, the first UK production of the show, a landmark staged concert was performed at Lincoln Center, featuring the return of Barbara Cook to musical theater after a 13-year absence, in a cast that included Mandy Patinkin, Carol Burnett, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Elaine Stritch, among others.  A revised version of the show eventually made its West End debut in 1987, starring Dame Diana Rigg and ran for almost two years. The first Broadway revival, starring Blythe Danner and Judith Ivey, opened in 2001; New York City Center’s Encores! featured Follies as its 40th production in 2007, starring Donna Murphy, Victoria Clark, and Victor Garber; and the Kennedy Center’s production of Follies ran in the spring of 2011 and transferred to Broadway later that year with Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, and Danny Burstein among the cast.

 

About the Authors

 

perfarts1443James Goldman (1927-1998) was born in Chicago and graduated from the University of Chicago; he did postgraduate work at Columbia University. He wrote numerous plays, including Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole (1961; co-written with his brother, William Goldman), They Might Be Giants (1961) and The Lion In Winter (1966). In addition to Follies (1971), he was the bookwriter of A Family Affair (1962; co-author with William Goldman, music by John Kander), the television musical Evening Primrose (1967, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) and Follies (1987, London — a reconception of the original piece). His screenplays include The Lion in Winter (1968 — Academy Award; British Screenwriters Award), They Might Be Giants (1970), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Robin and Marian (1976) and White Nights (1985, co-writer). Goldman’s work for television included adaptations of “Oliver Twist” (1982), “Anna Karenina” (1985), “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Anderson” (1986). He was also the author of a novel, Waldorf. 

a04ba917-c93a-43a4-b469-f7bc1603d02dStephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974 and 2004), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994), Bounce (2003), and Road Show (2008) as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959) and Do I Hear A Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Anthologies of his work include Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting it Together (1993/99) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010). He composed the scores of the films Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (1990) and the television production Evening Primrose (1966). His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made A Hat (2011). Sondheim is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Sunday in the Park With George, 13 Tony Awards (including a lifetime achievement award in 2008), 15 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Grammy Awards, an Oscar, the Kennedy Center Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2010 the Broadway theater formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in his honor.

 

About the Director


rsz_dev-2-1Dev Bondarin will celebrate her third anniversary as APAC’s Artistic Director in November 2017. During her tenure, APAC has been nominated for 23 NYIT awards and has won three, including Outstanding Production of a Musical for Merrily We Roll Along, which she directed. APAC credits: Raisin (Nominee, NYIT Award for Best Direction), Resident Alien (reading), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Astoria Stories, In The Bones. Other directing: Elevator Heart (NYU workshop), two national tours of Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School (TheatreworksUSA), King Lear (American Bard), A Home Across The Ocean (MTWorks), Reefer Madness (Gallery Players), and Raised by Lesbians (FringeNYC). As Associate Artistic Director of Prospect Theater Company, she directs an annual musical theater lab which has premiered over 70 new short musicals. Member: Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Associate Member: SDC, League of Professional Theatre Women. MFA: Brooklyn College/BA: Brandeis University. www.devbondarin.net.

 

POST-MATINEE DISCUSSIONS

On Saturday, May 12, APAC will host a post-matinee talkback featuring director Dev Bondarin and members of the Follies creative team and cast.

On Saturday, May 26, APAC Hosts: “Everything Was Possible,” a post-show discussion with Ted Chapin, moderated by Jennifer Ashley Tepper.

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Ted Chapin is president of Rodgers & Hammerstein, a position he has held for over 30 years. He has spearheaded many Broadway productions during his tenure, including the current Tony-nominated revival of Carousel. His career began as a production assistant for the Broadway production of Follies in 1971 – an experience that he later wrote about in his book, Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies. The book was published in 2003 and won an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award and a Special Jury Prize for Distinguished Achievement by the Theatre Library Association.

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Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the Creative & Programming Director at Feinstein’s/54 Below and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. This summer she is producing the new musical Be More Chill Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre.

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SUPPORTED, IN PART, BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE DEPT. OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND THE NYC DEPT. OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY COUNCIL AND COUNCIL MEMBER COSTA CONSTANTINIDES
SUPPORTED, IN PART, BY A GRANT FROM THE MARTA HEFLIN FOUNDATION

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