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On Stage: Follies

  • Starring: Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, Imelda Staunton
  • Director: Dominic Cooke
  • Music: Stephen Sondheim
  • Genre(s): Musical, Drama, Performing Arts
  • Rating: NR
  • Filmed at the Olivier Theatre (NT) Nov. 16 2017
  • Running Time: Approx. 2 hours 10 mins no interval

The Moxie: On Stage is a new series showcasing world class performances from stages across the globe.

Tickets: $20/adults; $15/members & students

This series is made possible thanks to a grant from the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Follies is a dazzling musical by Stephen Sondheim (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George), performed for the first time on the National Theatre’s Olivier stage. The cast includes Imelda Staunton, who was recently on NT Live screens in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tracie Bennett and Janie Dee; and the production will also include a 21-piece orchestra. It promises to be a visual and musical extravaganza, and we are delighted to be bringing it to screens.

Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

"A musical that perfectly fuses splendour and poetic sadness."
- Michael Billington, Guardian
"Tremendous. This bittersweet musical is still a sensation."
- Observer
"Triumphant. Produces tears, cackles and goosebumps, sometimes all together."
- Johan Persson, Sunday Times
"A perfect, devastating evocation of the pain of looking back. Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee are perfect leads for this huge, stunning Sondheim revival."
- Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out
"One listens in wonder. The score is so rich that no sooner has a certain number registered as a favorite, another comes along to supersede it."
- Matt Wolf, New York Times
"It’s a case of knockout after knockout. The hairs on the back of my neck were begging for mercy for they got barely a moment’s peace, what with the thrilling sound of the orchestra (under Nigel Lilley’s fantastic musical direction) and the tightly drilled choreography of Bill Deamer."
- Paul Taylor, Independent
"Follies is an elegiac, eloquent work about age and disappointment, about the agonising clash between the fires of youth and the pragmatism of late middle age. It is about illusion and reality, razzle-dazzle and darkness. And it pierces both heart and brain in Dominic Cooke’s towering revival."
- Time Out

Showtimes

  • Saturday, 12/2 12:30pm
  • Tuesday, 12/5 7:00pm