It is 1971, and the iconic Weismann Theatre, now a crumbling shell of its former glory, is about to be demolished to provide precious New York City parking space. Broadway impresario Dimitri Weismann arranges a reunion of the actors, singers, dancers, and personalities who peopled his famous Follies in the years between the World Wars, as a farewell tribute to the doomed building. In a shabby yet sparkling atmosphere of bittersweet nostalgia, a wide variety of faded glamour girls — the famous Follies beauties of years gone by — laugh, reminisce, brag, boast, express regret, and perform the musical numbers which made them famous, trailed by the ghostly memories of their younger selves. Against this volatile atmosphere of drunken remembrances, a decades-old love quadrangle receives a revival when Follies dancers Sally and Phyllis, and their respective husbands, Buddy and Ben — who used to hang around backstage, waiting for their girls — meet again. During one night of romance and regret, two crumbling thirty-year-long marriages are put to the test. With the endless variety of Stephen Sondheim’s score, a loving and brilliant pastiche of show music from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, and the time-travel trickery of James Goldman’s book, Follies is a glamorous and fascinating peek into a bygone era, and a clear-eyed look at the transformation of relationships over time. This show features the wistful torch song “Losing My Mind,” the wry showstopper “I’m Still Here,” and “Broadway Baby”, that determined ode to making it in show business.
Launch: Thursday 26th April at 8.00 p.m.
Audition Prep: Tuesday 1st May, Thursday 3rd May and Tuesday 8th May at 8.00 p.m.
Cast and minor part auditions on Thursday 10th May at 8.00 p.m.
Dancers and Main named parts on Sunday 13th May at 12.00 noon for dancers and 2.00 p.m. for libretto and singing for main named parts.
The older Follies girls will be expected to do a Dance audition so will be required to come at 12. The younger follies girls with solo lines will sing following the dancing audition. Full details will be shared at the launch.
|BENJAMIN STONE||A big man on Wall Street, with A chic Manhattan wife, no children but everything else.||Acting age c 50|
|YOUNG BEN||Ben thirty years earlier, in 1940, when he was dating a Follies girl.||Acting age c 20-30|
|PHYLLIS ROGERS STONE||Ben's 50-year old society wife, smart, tart, vicious and sleek.||Acting age c 50, dancer|
|YOUNG PHYLLIS||A showgirl in the chorus of the final edition of the Weismann Follies.||Acting age c 20-30, dancer|
|BUDDY PLUMMER||Ben's pal, now a prosperous realtor in Arizona, with wife, kids - and a mistress.||Acting age c 50|
|YOUNG BUDDY||The eager young beau of a Follies chorine.||Acting age c 20-30|
|SALLY DURANT PLUMMER||Buddy's well-to-do wife, still gushy and girlish despite the routine of married life.||Acting age c 50, dancer|
|YOUNG SALLY||A Follies chorine, 20 years old in 1940, and caught between Buddy and his pal, Ben.||Acting age c 20-30, dancer|
|CARLOTTA CAMPION||A resilient motion picture star, once a vamp, then reduced to mother roles, but still hanging in there.||Acting age 45-60, dancer|
|STELLA DEEMS||Another veteran of the final Follies.||Acting age 45-60, dancer|
|YOUNG STELLA||The singer and dancer as she was in 1940.||Acting age c 20-30, dancer|
|HEIDI SCHILLER||A 90-year old Broadway legend, whose ringing soprano inspired the operetta kings to produce their lushest waltzes.||Acting age 60+, dancer|
|YOUNG HEIDI||The celebrated soprano in her heyday.||Acting age c 20-30, dancer|
|HATTIE WALKER||After all these years, still a Broadway Baby.||Acting age 45-60, dancer|
|EMILY WHITMAN||The female half of a cheerful song and dance team.||Acting age 45-60, dancer|
|THEODORE WHITMAN||Emily's husband.||Acting age 45-60, dancer|
|SOLANGE LAFITTE||A Broadway Parisienne.||Acting age 45-60, dancer|
|ROSCOE||The Follies' famous tenor whose golden tones saluted Mr. Weismann's exquisite taste in feminine pulchritude.||Acting age 45-60|
|DIMITRI WEISMANN||An impresario who flourished between the wars and whose name became a byword for style and opulence.||Acting age c 60|
|KEVIN||An easily-seducible waiter.||Acting age 20-30|
|SAM DEEMS||Stella's husband||Acting age 45-60|
|DEE DEE WEST||Another veteran of the final Follies.||Acting age 45-60, dancer|
|CHRISTINE DONOVAN||Another veteran of the final Follies.||Acting age 45-60, dancer|
|SANDRA CRANE||Another veteran of the final Follies.||Acting age 45-60, dancer|
|YOUNG HATTIE||The singer and dancer as she was in 1940.||Acting age 20-30, dancer|
|YOUNG SOLANGE||The singer and dancer as she was in 1940.||Acting age 20-30, dancer|
|YOUNG SANDRA||The singer and dancer as she was in 1940.||Acting age 20-30, dancer|
|YOUNG DEE DEE||The singer and dancer as she was in 1940.||Acting age 20-30, dancer|
|YOUNG CARLOTTA||The singer and dancer as she was in 1940.||Acting age 20-30, dancer|
|YOUNG EMILY||The singer and dancer as she was in 1940.||Acting age 20-30, dancer|
|YOUNG THEODORE||The singer and dancer as she was in 1940.||Acting age 20-30, dancer|
|YOUNG CHRISTINE||The singer and dancer as she was in 1940.||Acting age 20-30, dancer|
|CAMERA MAN||Any age/either sex|
|INTERVIEWER||Any age/either sex|
|WEISSMAN'S PA||Any age/either sex|
|ENSEMBLE||Any age/either sex|