Opera House Presents National Theatre Live’s Follies

Opera House Presents National Theatre Live’s <em>Follies</em>

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present a new production of the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece, Follies, live via satellite from the stage of London’s National Theatre.  It will be presented on Thur., Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.

Credit : Johan Persson

Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas around the world.

It’s New York, 1971.  There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre because tomorrow, the iconic building will be demolished.  Thirty years after their final performance there, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and the incredible Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies girls in this dazzling new production.  Including such classic songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Losing My Mind, the production features a cast of 37, an orchestra of 21, and is directed by Dominic Cooke.

Critics are calling the production “a stunning revival. An extraordinary cast.”  The Guardian says “Imelda Staunton is unforgettable in this showbiz stunner!”

In keeping with the way Sondheim intended the piece to be performed, the production runs two hours, 35 minutes, with no intermission.

Tickets to Follies are $15 ($10 Students) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.   They also may be purchased online any time at www.fredopera.org.  In addition, Live in HD Series Flex Subscription tickets ($116 for eight tickets) can be used at any of the National Theatre Live productions.

Credit : Johan Persson

The Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired.  Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.  Support for this production comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia.  For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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