The expansive two-disc set, produced by label co-founders Tommy Krasker (who has helmed 14 Sondheim cast albums to date) and Philip Chaffin, represents a high point in the ongoing collaboration between composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim and PS Classics, which has released 11 Sondheim discs, including Grammy Award-nominated cast recordings of Assassins, Company, A Little Night Music and Sondheim on Sondheim, plus its acclaimed Sondheim Sings series. From the haunting soprano sax solo that begins the show to the ghostly “Hey, up there” strain that ends it, the New Broadway Cast Recording of Follies contains nearly 110 minutes of Sondheim and Goldman's masterpiece, a singular FOLLIES experience on disc.
FOLLIES features a book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The production is directed by Eric Schaeffer with choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by James Moore. With a 28–piece orchestra, FOLLIES features a cast of 41 and stars two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.
The production also stars Tony Award nominee Don Correia as Theodore Whitman, Christian Delcroix as Young Buddy, Grammy & Emmy Award winner Rosalind Elias as Heidi Schiller, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Dee Dee West, Lora Lee Gayer as Young Sally, Michael Hayes as Roscoe, Leah Horowitz as Young Heidi, Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell as Hattie Walker, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Kirsten Scott as Young Phyllis, Frederick Strother as Max Deems, Nick Verina as Young Ben, Tony Award nominee Susan Watson as Emily Whitman and Terri White as Stella Deems.
Rounding out the ensemble are Lawrence Keith Alexander, Brandon Bieber, John Carroll, Mathew deGuzman, Sara Edwards, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Suzanne Hylenski, Danielle Jordan, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Joseph Kolinski, Brittany Marcin, Erin N. Moore, Pamela Otterson, Clifton Samuels, Kiira Schmidt, Brian Shepard, Jessica Sheridan, Amos Wolff, Ashley Yeater.
Elaine Paige is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance to this production.
The creative team also includes Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Kai Harada (Sound Design), David Brian Brown (Hair & Wig Design), Joseph Dulude II (Make-up Design) and the original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.
FOLLIES is produced on Broadway by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, Chairman; Michael M. Kaiser, President; Max Woodward, Vice President); Nederlander Presentations, Inc.; Adrienne Arsht; HRH Foundation, Sponsor; Allan Williams, Executive Producer.
It was also announced this week that the Kennedy Center’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of FOLLIES will transfer to the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles for six weeks only, May 3 through June 9, 2012. The opening is scheduled for May 9.
PS Classics has preserved many Sondheim productions including Sondheim on Sondheim, Frogs, Road Show and the most recent revivals of A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Company, Pacific Overtures and Assassins.
Founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and a six-time Grammy nominee (for its cast albums of Assassins, Nine: The Musical, Grey Gardens, Company, A Little Night Music and Sondheim on Sondheim), PS Classics celebrates the heritage of Broadway and American popular song through its award-winning cast recordings; solo albums by such luminaries as Maureen McGovern, Victoria Clark, Jessica Molaskey and Christine Andreas; and recordings drawn from rare sound archives, including “Sondheim Sings.” Its most recent releases include solo albums by Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway and Kate Baldwin, and cast recordings of A Minister's Wife, Death Takes a Holiday, and Vernon Duke & Ogden Nash’s long-lost Sweet Bye and Bye.
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