The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Stephen Sondheim

By Megan Dekic
22 Mar 2014

Sondheim followed up the success of Company with Follies, a musical about a group of former "Weismann's Follies" performers who reunite at their old theatre before it's scheduled to be demolished. The production opened April 4, 1971, at the Winter Garden Theatre, starring Gene Nelson, Dorothy Collins, John McMartin and Alexis Smith.

Clive Barnes of the New York Times said the musical was "stylish" and "innovative" with "some of the best lyrics [he had] ever encountered." The show won seven of the eleven Tony Awards it was nominated for, including Best Original Score for Sondheim and Best Choreography for Michael Bennett, and went on to play 522 performances.

Follies was most recently revived on Broadway in 2011 with Bernadette Peters, Danny Burstein, Jan Maxwell and Ron Raines.

Read the original Follies Playbill here.