National Theatre, London
From Thu 14 Feb 2019 to Tue 26 Mar 2019
- Best Musical, Critics Circle Awards
- Best New Musical, Olivier Awards
Sondheim's landmark musical about a reunion of showgirls, with a book by James Goldman.
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves.
Including such classic songs as ‘Broadway Baby’, ‘I’m Still Here’ and ‘Losing My Mind’, James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical was originally staged in New York in 1971, and received its British premiere in 1987.
This edition was published alongside the major revival at the National Theatre, London, in 2017, directed by Dominic Cooke and starring Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, Philip Quast and Imelda Staunton.
It features an exclusive introduction by David Benedict, former chief London critic for Variety, and Sondheim's authorised biographer.
'A stunning musical... a pastiche so brilliant as to be breathtaking'New York Daily News
'a landmark musical...a work of art'New York Times
'a grand and lilting pastiche of legendary musical styles... the songs are cunning, melodic motifs laced with provocative lyrics that dutifully define each character with clarity and purpose...merges past and present with resonating counterpoint'Variety
'uniquely powerful and evanescent'Los Angeles Times
24 Aug 2017Size: 198mm x 129mm
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