The National Theatre production of Follies, broadcast live to the Orcas Center screen on Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. Stephen Sondheim, the writer of many famous musicals, creates the rarely-performed musical Follies. Calling all musical film lovers – if you love “Moulin Rouge,” “Cabaret” or “Chicago” — Dominic Cooke’s towering revival of Follies is not to be missed! This musical is an eloquent work about age and disappointment, about the heartbreaking clash between the fires of youth and the pragmatism of late middle age; it perfectly fuses splendor and poetic sadness.
Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. Set in 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. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Directed by Dominic Cooke (“The Comedy of Errors”) the show features a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21. 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.” Staunton gives a stunning lead performance, most recently seen in NT Live’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students, $2 off for Orcas Center members, and may be purchased at www.orcascenter.org or by calling (360)376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center box office open Tuesdays through Fridays from 12-3 p.m. Five dollar subsidized tickets available at the box office. For more information about Orcas Center’s 2016-2017 season visit www.orcascenter.org.