Follies: Musical Info & Synopsis


Synopsis:

Follies delves into the lives of former showgirls who reunite at a dilapidated Broadway theatre. Set against the backdrop of the theatre’s impending destruction, two couples, Sally and Buddy, and Phyllis and Ben, are forced confront their past and present. As the former showgirls reminisce about their youth, the “ghosts” of their former selves underscore their 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)➝


Resources

Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


Tags

1970s, Dramatic, FantasyMetamusical, One-Word, Original, PopularTap Dance


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