All-Star Concert of Follies Will Play Carnegie Hall | Playbill

Cabaret & Concert News All-Star Concert of Follies Will Play Carnegie Hall

Jennifer Holliday, Norbert Leo Butz, and Donna Murphy are among those set to perform the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical for Transport Group.

Jennifer Holliday, Norbert Leo Butz, and Donna Murphy

Transport Group will stage a one-night-only concert of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies at Carnegie Hall June 20. The evening, part of the Off-Broadway company's Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series, will feature an all-star cast directed by Transport Group Artistic Director Jack Cummings III and music directed by Joey Chancey.

That all-star cast will include Julie Benko (Funny Girl), Mikaela Bennett (Renascence), Michael Berresse (Kiss Me, Kate), Alexandra Billings (Wicked), Klea Blackhurst (Everything the Traffic Will Allow), Harolyn Blackwell (Candide), Stephen Bogardus (Love! Valour! Compassion!), Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me If You Can), Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd), Carolee Carmello (Parade), Jim Caruso (Liza’s At The Palace), Nikki Renée Daniels (Company), Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens), Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises), Santino Fontana (Tootsie), Alexander Gemignani (Carousel), Miguel Gil (Kimberly Akimbo), Olivia Elease Hardy (Kimberly Akimbo), Erika Henningsen (Mean Girls), Grey Henson (Shucked), Fernell Hogan (Kimberly Akimbo), Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls), Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Isabel Keating (The Boy from Oz), Adriane Lenox (Doubt), Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess), Ryan McCartan (Heathers), Donna Murphy (Passion), Thom Sesma (Pacific Overtures), Barbara Walsh (Company), Nina White (Kimberly Akimbo), Jacob Keith Watson (Merrily We Roll Along), and Karen Ziemba (Contact). Casting is by Merri Sugarman.

Original cast member Kurt Peterson and theatre historian Ted Chapin (who served as a gofer on the original production as a college intern) will host the evening, which will feature Jonathan Tunick's original, 30-piece orchestrations and selections of Michael Bennett's original choreography, restaged by original company member Mary Jane Houdina. Hannah Oren is the evening's creative producer.

Set in a decaying theatre on the eve of its demolishing, Follies centers on a reunion of former follies girls who reunite to relive their past, and rehash old wounds and regrets. Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning score, a mix of pastiche and complex, character-driven material features “I'm Still Here,” “Broadway Baby,” “Losing My Mind,” “The Right Girl,” and “Too Many Mornings.” The original production opened on Broadway in 1971, which was followed by revivals in 2001 and 2011. A major London revival at London's National Theatre was filmed and broadcast in movie theatres in 2017.

Transport Group's concert is being presented by special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh. The London producer gave the musical its West End premiere in 1987, a production that made dramatic changes to Goldman's book and Sondheim's score. Those changes, which generally gave the work a more upbeat tone, have never again been authorized for use.

The concert is also being presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Previous presentations in Transport’s Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series include Nine; Rodgers & Hammerstein: A Broadway Celebration; Sweet Charity; Promises, Promises; Man of La Mancha; Baby; Once Upon a Mattress; The Music Man; Peter Pan; and A Man of No Importance.


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