Stephen Sondheim’s FOLLIES Gala Previews Dec 31st at Davis Musical Theatre Company.
“On the eve of its destruction, the once-glorious Weismann Theatre is filled with the ghosts of its past as showgirls from 40 years ago reunite to glamorize the old days and relive bygone memories of promise and splendor. For two jaded middle-aged couples, coming face-to-face with what might have been proves to be a shattering experience.”
The Davis Musical Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of the brilliant Stephen Sondheim/James Goldman musical FOLLIES. Directed and musical directed by Steve Isaacson with choreography by Jacob Montoya, this moving show previews Monday December 31, 2012 at 7:45pm. The New Years Eve evening includes: the Preview of FOLLIES; a full catered buffet dinner from Ludy’s Catering (including a full turkey dinner, London Broil Carving station, Salads, Pasta Alfredo, Pasta Marinara, desserts, champagne, sparkling cider, Live DJ and more). The price for New Years Eve is $50 per person.
The show contains some language and is recommended for theater goers over 13. All performances are at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Drive, Davis, CA 95618. Tickets can be purchased online at dmtc.org or by calling (530) 756-3682. “I have directed this show twice before and is one of my favorites, the power of the characters and Sondheim’s themes of making choices is overwhelming” says director Steve Isaacson, “I am sure everyone will leave deeply moved by what they have witnessed!”
Follies concerns a group of former “Follies” stars who return to the site of their former glory, the Weismann Theatre, which is about to be demolished. Old wounds resurface as two Follies stars (Phyllis [Allison Lizzi] and Sally [Lenore Sebastian]) and their husbands (Benjamin [John Haine] and Buddy [Rand Martin]) reassess their lives and what could have been as they come face-to-face with the ghosts of their young selves (Turtle Akona as Young Ben; Tomas Eredia as Young Buddy; Caitland Martin as Young Sally; and Michele Guerrieri as Young Phyllis).
Among the show’s songs are “Beautiful Girls,” “Don’t Look at Me,” “Waiting for the Girls Upstairs,” “Rain on the Roof,” “Ah, Paris!,” “Broadway Baby,” “The Road You Didn’t Take,” “In Buddy’s Eyes,” “Who’s That Woman?,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “The Right Girl,” “One More Kiss,” “Could I Leave You?,” “Loveland,” “You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow,” “Love Will See Us Through,” “The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love-Me Blues,” “Losing My Mind,” “The Story of Lucie and Jessie” and “Live, Laugh, Love.”
Follies was originally co-directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett on Broadway in 1971. Since then, it has received a legendary star-filled concert at Lincoln Center in 1985 as well as a revival in 2011 on Broadway and in Los Angeles in 2012.
The genius script by Sondheim and Goldman makes a cinematic, nightmarish hallucination of past and present blended together, employing lush era musical theatre pastiche and a deft eye for storytelling to tell not only the story of Ben, Phyllis, Sally and Buddy, but also the story of how the promise of America between the World Wars disintegrated into memory. Considered by many to be one of the best American musicals of all time, and still at the peak of form and craft. Those that saw the original Broadway production in 1971 and the all-star Lincoln Center concert in 1985 remember it as one of the most dazzling and poignant shows ever.
“A stunning musical…a pastiche so brilliant as to be breathtaking.”-New York Daily News
“Follies is utterly magnificent.”-Women’s Wear Daily