Follies: Musical Info & Synopsis


Follies delves into the lives of former showgirls who reunite at a dilapidated Broadway theater. Set against the backdrop of the theater’s impending destruction, the show navigates the intertwined relationships of two couples, Sally and Buddy, and Phyllis and Ben, as they confront their past and present. As the former showgirls reminisce about their youth and ambitions, the presence of the “ghosts” of their former selves underscores the inner struggles and the choices they’ve made. Follies explores themes of nostalgia, lost dreams, and the passing of time.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Pre-Contemporary (1971)

Cast Size: 20+

Genre: Drama / Fantasy

Setting: 1970s / USA

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim

Book: James Goldman

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1971)➝

New York Philharmonic Concert Cast (1985)➝

Original London Cast (1987)➝

Broadway Cast (2011)➝

National Theatre Cast (2018)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


Dramatic, FantasyMetamusical, One-Word, PopularTap Dance

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