A star studded production of Follies In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Craig Revel Horwood’s production of Follies in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall is to have a star studded cast including Christine Baranski, Betty Buckley, Lorn Luft, Ruthie Henshall and Stefanie Powers. The production which is a celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 85 birthday this year will have two performances on 28 April 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Goldman, FOLLIES in Concert, will be directed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, with choreography by Andrew Wright and musical direction by Gareth Valentine.
Christine Baranski (Into The Woods, The Good Wife, Mamma Mia)
Betty Buckly (“The Voice of Broadway”, Cats, Sunset Boulevard, Triumph of Love)
Lorna Luft (Grease 2, FOLLIES, White Christmas)
Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Legally Blonde)
Alexander Hanson (Stephen Ward the Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar)
Alistair Brammer (Miss Saigon, War Horse)
Stefanie Powers (Hart to Hart, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.)
Ruthie Henshall (Chicago – original Roxy, Les Misérables, Billy Elliot)
Laura Pitt-Pulford (The Sound of Music, The Light Princess)
Anita Dobson (Eastenders, Chicago)
Anita Harris (Carry On films, CATS)
Roy Hudd (Oliver! – Fagin, Coronation Street, Good Old Days)
Russell Watson (the UK’s best-selling classical artist; winner of four Classical BRIT awards)
Charlotte Page (Pygmalion, Follies, Phantom of the Opera, A Little Night Magic )
Peter Polycarpou (City of Angels, Guys & Dolls, The Secret Garden, Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)
Amy Ellen Richardson (Singin’ In The Rain, Merrily We Roll Along, Crazy For You)
Jos Slovick(The Snow Queen, Spring Awakening, Once)
Ensemble members Sarah Bakker, CJ Field, Jennifer Davison, Emily Warner, Lucy James and Luke Fetherstone.
The Follies’ story is set around a reunion of the past performers of the “Weissman’s Follies” and focuses on two couples who are attending the reunion, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer, and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone, as well as some of the original “Follie’s girls”. The former performers are reuniting on the stage of the now-decrepit theater that was once their professional home, the night before it is turned into a parking lot. Phyllis and Sally, who were best friends in their Follies days, have married Ben and Buddy, respectively. The once-close foursome has fallen out of touch. As these aging starlets reminisce, they end up hashing out old affairs, remembering who loved (and loves) whom, and reliving the roads they did and didn’t take.