Follies

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for audiences and performers, this legendary masterpiece is considered by many to be the greatest musical ever created. This production will commemorate its 50th anniversary of the Broadway opening. Surreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart- wrenching, and epic in scope, FOLLIES was penned by musical theatre icon, Stephen Sondheim and author James Goldman, and uses musical theatre as a metaphor for the collapse of American innocence and naiveté in the post-Kennedy years.

The time is 1971, and theatre impresario Dimitri Weissman is hosting a reunion of ex-Follies performers in his crumbling theatre, setting the stage for a parade of brilliant pastiche numbers including "Losing My Mind," "I'm Still Here," and "Broadway Baby." Amid the reminiscing, two middle-aged couples confront some unpleasant truths about their past and present ... and come face-to-face with the future.

Looking for performers, age 16-80 years old. Prepare and record 1-2 minutes of a standard or contemporary musical theatre song. YOU MAY SING A SONG FROM THE SHOW. Please use an accompaniment-only track or live music. No accapella singing! Call-backs will consist of cold readings from the script and/or a short dance combination. Call-back date will be determined after April 10.

Audition Dates & Time

Online submission:

April 5th - 10th

Location

Auditions online

Performance Dates

July 23rd through August 1st, 2021

Friday, Saturday, and Thursday, the 29th, at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2:00pm

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Production Team

Directed by Jim Johnson

Choreographed by Jill Gagliano

Music Direction by Sharon Boyer and Steve Hassinger

Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

What to Prepare

Record 1-2 minutes of a standard or contemporary musical theatre song.

You may sing from the show.

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Audition Notes

Please use an accompaniment-only track or live music.

No acapella singing

Rehearsal Schedule

Not Available

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Sally Durant Plummer (Female, 40-55 yrs. old | Range: F3 - G5)

Petite. Sweet-faced. Bubbly. Still remarkably like the girl she was 30 years ago. A former Follies girl, she married a man she didn't love. Needy and delusional at times.

Phyllis Rogers Stone (Female, 40-55 yrs. old | Range: F3 - E5)

Stylish and intelligent. Her face is more beautiful now than it was 30 years ago. A woman who made her husband her life, the journey has hardened her and replaced the traces of life with cold sophistication and poise.

Buddy Plummer (Male, 40-60 yrs. old | Range: C3 - F4)

A handsome, charismatic man with a sad face wrinkled from years of too much smiling. Stuck in a broken marriage, he's had multiple affairs.

Benjamin Stone (Male, 40-60 yrs. old | Range: A3 - F5)

Tall. Trim. Distinguished. Successful. Authoritative. A man bent on success from a young age who has achieved it, and now realizes the toll it had on personal relationships.

Young Sally (Female, 18-25 yrs. old | Range: C4 - Gb5)

A younger version of the adult Sally. She is perhaps the most similar to her adult counterpart of any of the foursome. Petite. Sweet-faced. Bubbly. Adventurous. Wants it all, but may not have the patience or drive to wait for it.

Young Phyllis (Female, 20-25 yrs. old | Range: C4 - F#5)

A younger version of Phyllis, when she was an energetic and naïve Follies girl. Slightly sad and homesick. With all the drive and none of the sophistication of the adult Phyllis.

Young Buddy (Male, 20-30 yrs. old | Range: C3 - Gb5)

A younger version of the Buddy we see today. Charismatic and lively, a man who knows how to have fun. Loves Sally blindly and wants to give her the world.

Young Ben (Male, 20-30 yrs. old | Range: C3 - Fb4)

A not yet fully realized version of the man we see before us today, he is driven and intelligent but not quite so distinguished, and not yet frightened by his success.

Carlotta Campion (Female, 45-55 yrs. old | Range: Eb3 - C5)

The one-time movie star, in terrific shape for her age. The kind of woman who has seen everything and is proud to be standing where she is.

Stella Deems (Female, 55-65 yrs. old | Range: E3 - F#5)

A portly woman who surprisingly moves with a special lightness; half of a former performing duo with her husband, but they gave it up to open a general store in Miami. Loves life and has led a good one.

Max Deems (Male, 55-65 yrs. old | Speaking Role)

A portly man who surprisingly moves with a special lightness; half of a former performing duo with his wife, Stella, but they gave it up to open a general store in Miami. Loves life and has led a good one.

Emily Whitman (Female, 65-80 yrs. old | Range: A4 - D5)

A tiny, bright, and papery woman. Married to Theodore; together, they teach dance.

Hattie Walker (Female, 60-75 yrs. old | Range: G3 - B5)

An appealingly tough, no-nonsense lady. A former knockout Follies girl from the earlier years of the shows. She has married several times and always to the same type: the bad boy.

Theodore Whitman (Male, 65-80 yrs. old | Range: A3 - D4)

A tiny, bright, and papery man. Married to Emily; together, they teach dance.

Solange La Fitte (Female, 60-75 yrs. old | Range: A4 - G5)

A French fashionista. Very much still alive and enjoying it, she is a perfume creator and seller. Has travelled the world but loves Paris more than any other place.

Heidi Schiller (Female, 65-75 yrs. old | Range: D4 – A6)

Tall and queenly. Viennese. Incredibly rich and well known in elite social circles, she is constantly reminiscing.

Young Heidi (Female, 18-25 yrs. old | Range: E4 - Ab5)

A younger version of the Heidi we see today. Already tall and queenly, but perhaps not yet rich and so well connected.

Dimitri Weissman (Male, 60-80 yrs. old | Speaking Role)

An acerbic, vital, energetic man who looks 15 years younger than he really is. Staged the Follies every year between the great wars, and made stars of any girl he wanted from the legions who threw themselves at him.

Roscoe (Male, 55-65 yrs. old | Range: D3 - A5)

An elderly showman with a majestic tenor voice who introduces the Follies girls as if no time has passed and they are still the beautiful young girls of years ago.

Ensemble (Male and Female 16-65 yrs. old)

Showgirls, Dancers, Showgirl Ghosts, Party Musicians, Party Staff