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Final casting Announced for Follies in Concert

FolliesFOLLIES In Concert INCLUDING BETTY BUCKLEY, LORNA LUFT, CHARLOTTE PAGE, PETER POLYCARPOU, AMY ELLEN RICHARDSON & JOS SLOVICK. DIRECTED BY CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL IN CONCERT WITH THE CITY OF LONDON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA ON TUESDAY 28 APRIL 2015

IN CELEBRATION OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S 85TH BIRTHDAY YEAR

Betty Buckley, Lorna Luft, Charlotte Page, Peter Polycarpou, Amy Ellen Richardson and Jos Slovick complete the cast of Follies in Concert, with The City of London Philharmonic Orchestra, at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, alongside ensemble members Sarah Bakker, CJ Field, Jennifer Davison, Emily Warner, Lucy James and Luke Fetherstone.

They join the previously announced Christine Baranski, playing Phyllis Stone (Into The Woods, The Good Wife, Mamma Mia), Alistair Brammer, playing Young Ben (Miss Saigon, War Horse, Les Misérables), Anita Dobson, playing Stella Deems (EastEnders, Chicago), Alexander Hanson, playing Ben Stone (Stephen Ward the Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music), Anita Harris, playing Emilie Whitman (Carry On Doctor & Follow That Camel, Cats), Ruthie Henshall, playing Sally Plummer (original Roxy in Chicago, Les Misérables), Roy Hudd, playing Theodore Whitman (Fagan in Oliver!, Coronation Street, Good Old Days) Laura Pitt-Pulford, playing Young Phyllis (The Sound Of Music, Marry Me A Little, The Light Princess), Stefanie Powers, playing Solange Lafitte (Hart to Hart, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E) and Russell Watson, playing Roscoe (the UK’s best selling classical artist ever; winner of four Classical BRIT awards).

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Goldman, FOLLIES, in Concert, will be directed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood, with choreography by Andrew Wright and musical direction by Gareth Valentine.

Voted in the Top Ten of BBC Radio 2’s The Nation’s Number One Essential Musical, FOLLIES tells the story of the former showgirls of the Ziegfeld Follies, amidst a wealth of well-known songs, including Losing My Mind, Broadway Baby and I’m Still Here.

FOLLIES in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall marks the musical’s dazzling return to London for the first time in 13 years, for one day only.

The production of Follies, featuring this exceptional cast and creative team is produced by SilverBlue Entertainment, in association with Elliot Davis, and will be performed on Tuesday 28 April 2015 for one matinee (at 3pm) and one evening performance (at 7.30pm) only, in celebration of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s 85th Birthday year.

The Follies’ story is set around a reunion of the past performers of the “Weissman’s Follies” and focuses on two couples who are attending the reunion, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer, and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone, as well as some of the original “Follie’s girls”. The former performers are reuniting on the stage of the now-decrepit theater that was once their professional home, the night before it is turned into a parking lot. Phyllis and Sally, who were best friends in their Follies days, have married Ben and Buddy, respectively. The once-close foursome has fallen out of touch. As these aging starlets reminisce, they end up hashing out old affairs, remembering who loved (and loves) whom, and reliving the roads they did and didn’t take.

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