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Alchemy Theatre Troupe Presents: Follies
March 13 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm$15
Alchemy Theatre presents its first big musical, James Goldman’s & Stephen Sondheim’s FOLLIES!
WHEN: March 6 at 7:30 PM, March 7 at 7:30 PM, March 8 at 2:00 PM, March 13 at 7:30 PM and March 14 at 7:30 PM.
WHERE: The Janice Chandler Auditorium (The Cabell County Board of Education Building – Old Huntington East High School)
2850 5th Avenue, Huntington, WV 25702
HOW MUCH: $15
WHO IS IN IT:
SALLY: Jinnie Knight
BEN: Robert Jackson
PHYLLIS: Jane Modlin
BUDDY: John W. Campbell
ROSCOE: Carl Taylor
WEISMANN: Kennie Bass
MR WHITMAN: Todd L Green
MRS WHITMAN: Becky Tippett McClelland
SOLANGE: Rebekah Sword
HATTIE: Sheila Redling
STELLA: Hilary Brewster
CARLOTTA: Mary Elizabeth Olson
HEIDI: Linda M Dobbs
YOUNG HEIDI: Laura Campbell
YOUNG SALLY: Kathleen Aluise
YOUNG PHYLLIS: Madasyn Warnock
YOUNG BEN: Colt Sowards
YOUNG BUDDY: Shane Lloyd
KEVIN: Aaron Ray Hale
Joanna Berner Murdock
Nora Joseph Ankrom
WHO MAKES UP THE PRODUCTION STAFF:
Director – Bil Neal
Musical Director – Tk Lombardo
Choreographer – Amy Browning
Producer – Mike Murdock
WHERE CAN I GET TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the show or online at https://follies.bpt.me/
WHAT IS IT ABOUT:
Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman.
The story concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre, scheduled for demolition, of the past performers of the “Weismann’s Follies”, a musical revue (based on the Ziegfeld Follies), that played in that theatre between the World Wars. It focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone, who are attending the reunion. Sally and Phyllis were showgirls in the Follies. Both couples are deeply unhappy with their marriages. Buddy, a traveling salesman, is having an affair with a girl on the road; Sally is still as much in love with Ben as she was years ago; and Ben is so self-absorbed that Phyllis feels emotionally abandoned. Several of the former showgirls perform their old numbers, sometimes accompanied by the ghosts of their former selves. The musical numbers in the show have been interpreted as pastiches of the styles of the leading Broadway composers of the 1920s and ’30s, and sometimes as parodies of specific songs.
The Broadway production opened on April 4, 1971, directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, and with choreography by Bennett. The musical was nominated for eleven Tony Awards and won seven. The original production ran for over 500 performances. The musical has had a number of major revivals, and several of its songs have become standards, including “Broadway Baby”, “I’m Still Here”, “Too Many Mornings”, “Could I Leave You?”, and “Losing My Mind”.