James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's musical returns to Broadway following a successful run at DC's Kennedy Center.
What Is the Story of Follies?
It is 1971 and the former stars of the Weissman Follies are reuniting on the stage of the now-decrepit theater that was once their professional home, the night before it is turned into a parking lot. Phyllis and Sally, who were best friends in their Follies days, have married Ben and Buddy, respectively. The once-close foursome has fallen out of touch. As these aging starlets reminisce, they end up hashing out old affairs, remembering who loved (and loves) whom, and reliving the roads they did and didn’t take.
What Is Follies Like?
Time is more of a fluid concept than a concrete one in Follies. As the present-day versions of these showgirls strut their stuff on their stage one last time, they are shadowed by younger versions of themselves. The two lead couples rediscover one another and relive their pivotal younger moments. The gorgeous Sondheim score jumps from iconic number to iconic number (such as “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here” and “Losing My Mind.”) The bulk of the show exists in a decaying theater, but the second act's Loveland segment pays tribute to the original concept of the Follies, with leggy showgirls in full regalia.
Is Follies Good for Kids?
Kids will probably not appreciate the distinctly adult subjects of Follies: looking back on life choices, longstanding regrets and simmering resentment. The sexual innuendo and language is mild, but the themes are weighty. Older teens are more likely to understand and enjoy the show.