Follies by Stephen Sondheim
Follies is a musical by Stephen Sondheim and it makes it debut in Peterborough when the Revellers present it in October.
It is the story of the Weissman Follies who are reuniting on the stage of the now decrepit theatre the night before it is to be turned into a parking lot. The original Follies strut their stuff on what was their stage for the last time and they are shadowed by younger versions of themselves and the two main couples rediscover one another and relive their early lives, loves and laughs.
Revellers in the past have entertained local theatregoers with box offices hits including Olive3r, Annie, Return to the Forbidden Planet and more recently Carmen the Musical.
Director, Clive Read believes that Follies, which won seven Tony Awards, is just as appealing to audiences who love the good, old musicals and it fits the bill with songs which have become standards including \”Broadway Baby\”, I\’m Still Here,and \”Losing My Mind\”. He says, \”It\’s nice to bring something new to Peterborough\”
The cast includes many Revellers favourites led by Sue Read as Phyllis and Martin Linford as Ben, Jo Linford as Sally and Steve Gravett as Buddy. Playing the part of Young Phyllis is Cyd Beagley who first appeard on stage with the Revellers in Bungate when she was only six years old, three years later she dressed up as a boy to be one of Fagin\’s gang in Oliver and at the age of ten gave a tremendous performance as the lead in Annie. The part of young Sally will be played by another established Revellers favourite the delightful Helen Naylor (nee Linford) and two newcomers, Sean Flynn and Drew Hammond will play Young Ben and Young Buddy.
A company of 30 performers will sing, dance and act their way through this challenging show accompanied by a full orchestra conducted by Musical Director, the talented Andrew Brown, who is well known in the Peterborough music scene and who has been responsible for many highly successful shows in the town. Choreography is by Sue Read.