The winner of seven Tony Awards®, FOLLIES is one of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's greatest works. It is a bittersweet look at the follies of youth seen through the eyes of age and experience. When former members of the "Weismann's Follies" reunite on the eve of their theater's demolition, two couples remember their glorious past and face the harsher realities of the present. In the crumbling glamour of the theater, the shadows of their younger selves remind them of the complicated steps they've danced—both on the stage and throughout their lives.
FOLLIES echoes the songs, exuberance and romance of the lively vaudevillian days between the two World Wars. With such well-known songs as "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "Could I Leave You?" and "Losing My Mind," the show gives voice to the ghosts that haunt the stages of Broadway's great old theaters with what the Washington Post calls some of Sondheim's "wittiest, most luminous songs.”
The Kennedy Center’s lavish and landmark new staging of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award®-winning musical FOLLIES returned to Broadway for a historic limited engagement, complete with a 28-piece orchestra and a cast of 41—led by such Broadway babies as two-time Tony® winner Bernadette Peters, four-time Tony® nominee Jan Maxwell, two-time Tony® nominee Danny Burstein and three-time Emmy nominee Ron Raines and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige. It played its final Broadway performance on January 22, 2012.
FOLLIES starred two-time Tony® winner Bernadette Peters, four-time Tony® nominee Jan Maxwell, two-time Tony® nominee Danny Burstein, three-time Emmy® nominee Ron Raines and Olivier winner Elaine Paige.
The cast also included Don Correia, Christian Delcroix, Rosalind Elias (in her Broadway debut), Tony® nominee Jayne Houdyshell, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Lora Lee Gayer, Michael Hayes, Florence Lacey, Tony® nominee Mary Beth Peil, David Sabin, Kirsten Scott, Frederick Strother, Nick Verina, Tony® nominee Susan Watson and Terri White.
The Marquis Theatre welcomes patrons ages 5 and older. Please be aware that all patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
FOLLIES contains no objectionable content, but the material might best be understood and enjoyed by children who have started elementary school.
If you like virtuoso musical theatre, with haunting melodies, witty lyrics and bittersweet love stories, you will love FOLLIES.
Yes. FOLLIES was originally produced on Broadway in 1971; it won seven Tony Awards®.
The original Broadway production of FOLLIES received seven 1972 Tony Awards®: Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim), Best Actress in a Musical (Alexis Smith), Best Scenic Design (Boris Aronson), Best Costume Design (Florence Klotz), Best Lighting Design (Tharon Musser), Best Choreography (Michael Bennett) and Best Direction of a Musical (Harold Prince and Michael Bennett).
It also received seven 1971 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Choreography (Michael Bennett), Outstanding Lyrics (Stephen Sondheim), Outstanding Music (Stephen Sondheim), Outstanding Costume Design (Florence Klotz), Outstanding Set Design (Boris Aronson), Outstanding Performance (Alexis Smith) and Outstanding Director (Harold Prince and Michael Bennett).
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, Chariman, Michael M. Kaiser, President, Max A. Woodward, Vice President), Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Adrienne Arsht, HRH Foundation and Allan Williams, Executive Producer
Performances began on August 7, 2011; opening night was September 12, 2011. FOLLIES played it final Broadway performance on January 22, 2012. The production will transfer to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles for a limited run from May 3 to June 9, 2012. Click here to learn more.
2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
Yes. There is one 15-minute intermission.
The Marquis Theatre, located on 46th Street (between Broadway and 8th), inside the Marriott Marquis Hotel. For subway access take the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S, W trains to Times Square/42nd St.; the A, C, E trains to 42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal, or the B, D, F, V trains to 47th-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center. Click here for a map.
There are many parking lots in the neighborhood, but remember that curtain times create added traffic.
The theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are designated wheelchair and companion seats in the orchestra section. These locations are the ONLY ones that do not involve steps. (See seating chart.)
Theatre representatives are available to meet physically challenged theatergoers in the lobby of the building to escort them to designated wheelchair accessible areas.
Although animals are not permitted in the theatre, an exception is made for guide dogs and service animals. Please inform your ticket sales representative if any accommodations are required.
Yes. $65* tickets are available for patrons with disabilities. As a courtesy, patrons with disabilities are permitted to purchase one additional $65* ticket for his or her companion. Wheelchair tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis at the theatre Box Office only. Please be sure to inform the Box Office representative of your seating needs when purchasing tickets.
Box Office hours are Monday through Saturday: 10:00 am to 8:30 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
*Ticket prices are subject to change without notice and must be verified with the Box Office when ordering.
Yes. Headsets for sound augmentation are available at the theatre, free of charge. A photo identification is required as a deposit.
Yes. For the protection of our patrons, theatre managers and private security personnel are on duty during all performances.
Please be aware that purses, briefcases and large bags may be inspected upon arrival. For your convenience, we recommend refraining from bringing large bags to the theatre.
Yes. There is one full bar and one Grey Goose, flavored Stoli and Absolut bar located on the theatre’s Orchestra level and one bar located on the Mezzanine where various mixed drinks, sodas and candy can be purchased. However, water and Grey Goose, flavored Stoli and Absolut are the only beverages that are permitted in the auditorium.
The bars begin serving patrons 45 minutes before the performance begins.
Male and female restrooms are located outside the theatre lobby, at Orchestra level, in the common area on the third floor and the Mezzanine level of the Marquis Hotel.
The Marquis Hotel provides cloakroom service to patrons during winter months.
No. Inquiries about lost items should be directed to (212) 382-0100.
Some people choose to wear “special occasion” clothes for a Broadway performance, but business casual attire is perfectly appropriate.
No. The use of cameras and recording devices is strictly prohibited.
By email at FolliesBroadway@gmail.com