Benjamin Stone, a self-involved tycoon who attends a reunion of Weismann Follies showgirls with his unhappy wife, Phyllis, and is reunited with her friend Sally, who has carried a torch for Ben for 30 years.
Raines made his Broadway debut as Gaylord Ravenal in a 1983 revival of Show Boat and played Billy Flynn in Chicago. A three-time Daytime Emmy nominee for Guiding Light, he has also sung with the New York City Opera and appeared in musicals around the country.
This is Raines’ first Tony Award nomination.
An in-demand concert performer, Raines first played the role of Ben Stone in a 1988 production with the Michigan Opera Theater.
“Follies hits everyone differently. It shows us what could happen…. I have to be at the top of my form because there are so many emotional changes that Ben goes through during each performance.” —Raines in a First Person essay for Broadway.com, 8/16/11