UPDATE – Monday, September 26, 12:00 p.m. (EDT):
“Follies” has extended its run through January 22, 2012. Tickets are now available for the limited engagement’s two additional weeks.
Transplanted after a spring run at the Kennedy Center, the latest Broadway revival of “Follies” opened September 12 with Bernadette Peters center-stage. Helmed by Eric Schaeffer at the Marquis Theatre, this strictly limited engagement closes its run — and the year — with a final bow on January 1, 2012.
Set the same year as its Broadway debut (1971), “Follies” shadows two former showgirls and their husbands, as they reunite with their former cohorts from “Weismann’s Follies” on the eve of the theater’s demolition. As the evening progresses, the two couples reflect on their “follies” in life and their disappointing relationships.
Famed actress and singer Bernadette Peters stars as lovelorn housewife Sally Durant Plummer, who routinely spurns her traveling salesman husband Buddy Plummer (Danny Burstein) for dreams of what might have been. Sally’s elegant former roommate Phyllis Rogers Stone (Jan Maxwell) is stuck in an equally unhappy marriage with successful businessman Benjamin Stone (Ron Raines), for whom Sally still holds a flame.
The timeless tuner features the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. In addition to the 41-member ensemble cast, the production boasts a 28-piece orchestra conducted by James Moore.
“Follies” entered previews August 7 at the 1,612-seat Marquis. Over the course of its 38 previews, the tuner has grossed nearly $3.65 million. Audiences have been sustained around an average 83 percent capacity at the playhouse (after a first-week high of 97 percent).
Regular “Follies” ticket prices range from $45 to $135, and premium seats are marked at $175 and $225. Evening performances are held 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Matinees run Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Marquis Theatre is located at 1535 Broadway in New York, NY. Runtime is two hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. More production details can be found on the official “Follies” Web site.
Opening Night: “Follies”
|Variety||Steve Suskin||“Boosted by three especially fine performances, this ‘Follies’ is thrilling and terrific.”|
|New York Times||Ben Brantley||“The four stars of this ‘Follies’ give X-ray performances, in which lives past and souls divided can be seen clearly beneath the skin.”|
|Washington Post||Peter Marks||“If the evening doesn’t resonate with much aching authority, it’s packed with entertainment.”|
|New York Daily News||Joe Dziemianowicz||“Stock still, Peters delivers the show’s most moving moment.”|
|Hollywood Reporter||David Rooney||“Sondheim and Goldman’s show only grows more bewitching with age.”|
|New York Magazine||Scott Brown||“[Burstein is] a great gift: an honest musical-theater actor, and a Sondheim natural.”|