STRICTLY COME DANCING JUDGE
Follies at the Royal Albert Halll19th Feb 2015
E M M A H O L L A N D P R
FURTHER STAR CASTING ANNOUNCED IN THE OLIVIER AND MULTI TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL FOLLIES
In Concert INCLUDING JENNIFER COOLIDGE, ALEXANDER HANSON, STEFANIE POWERS,
ALISTAIR BRAMMER & LAURA PITT-PULFORD
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
Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie, Legally Blonde, 2 Broke Girls), Alexander Hanson (Stephen Ward the Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music) and Stefanie Powers (Hart to Hart, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E) with Alistair Brammer (Miss Saigon, War Horse, Les Misérables) and Laura Pitt-Pulford (The Sound Of Music, Marry Me A Little, The Light Princess) join the previously announced Christine Baranski (Into The Woods, The Good Wife, Mamma Mia), Anita Dobson (EastEnders, Chicago) Anita Harris (Carry On Doctor & Follow That Camel, Cats), Ruthie Henshall (original Roxy in Chicago, Les Misérables), Roy Hudd (Fagan in Oliver!, Coronation Street, Good Old Days) and Russell Watson (the UK’s best selling classical artist ever; winner of four Classical BRIT awards), in Follies in Concert, with The City of London Philharmonic Orchestra, at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
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.
Alistair Brammer (Young Benjamin Stone) is currently appearing as Chris in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre. Alistair’s other stage credits include War Horse at the New London Theatre, Taboo at the Brixton Club House, Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on UK Tour and Hair on European Tour. Alistair also played the part of Prouvaire in Les Misérables, directed by Tom Hooper.
Jennifer Coolidge (Hattie Walker) is known for her many memorable roles including Stifler’s Mom, ‘the MILF’ in the American Pie films, Hilary Duff’s stepmother in A Cinderella Story, and Paulette the manicurist in the Legally Blonde films. Jennifer’s other screen credits include Christopher Guest's Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Robots, The Secret Life Of An American Teenager, Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Igor. She is currently a series regular on the hit CBS series 2 Broke Girls and most recently starred opposite Steve Carell in the comedy film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Alexander Hanson’s (Benjamin Stone) stage credits include Accolade at the St. James Theatre, Single Spies at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, Stephen Ward The Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar at the O2 London and UK Arena Tour, Uncle Vanya and Translations, both at the Chichester Festival Theatre, A Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre, A Little Night Music at The Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, the Garrick Theatre and the Menier Chocolate Factory (for which he received an Oliver Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical), Marguerite at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (Oliver Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical), The Sound Of Music at the London Palladium, Tonight At 8.30 at the Chichester Minerva Theatre, Troilus & Cressida, The Merchant Of Venice, Candide, The Villains’ Opera and The London Cuckolds all for the National Theatre, Talking To Terrorists at the Royal Court Theatre and Out of Joint Tour, Cracked and The Memory Of Water both at Hampstead Theatre, Enter The Guardsman and Brel both at the Donmar Warehouse, Shallow End at the Royal Court Theatre, Arcadia at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, The Things We Do For Love at the Duchess Theatre, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi Theatre, Aspects Of Love at the Prince of Wales Theatre, A Little Night Music at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Piccadilly Theatre, Valentine’s Day at The Globe Theatre, Matador at the Queen’s Theatre and Playing With Fire at the Orange Tree Theatre. Alexander’s screen credits include London’s Burning, The Man Who Crossed Hitler, Party Animals, The Fugitives, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, The Last Detective II, Rosemary & Thyme, Heartbeat, Papadopoulos & Sons and Kidulthood.
Laura Pitt-Pulford’s (Young Phyllis) stage credits include The Sound Of Music at the Leicester Curve, The Return Of The Soldier at the Jermyn Street Theatre, Marry Me A Little at the St. James Theatre, The Light Princess at the National Theatre, A Man Of No Importance at Salisbury Playhouse, Shakers at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, Mack & Mable and Parade both at Southwark Playhouse, Sweet Charity at MAC Belfast, The Little Prince at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Guys & Dolls at Clwyd Theatr Cymru, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Salisbury Playhouse, Copacabana at the Watermill Theatre, The World Goes Round at Wellingborough Castle, Jack & Jill at Oxford Playhouse, Little Fish at Finborough Theatre, Sunset Boulevard at the Comedy Theatre and the Watermill Theatre, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Follies at the Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton and Closer Than Ever and Edward II both at the Edinburgh Festival.
Stefanie Powers (Solange Lafitte) is best known for her work on the popular, long-running television series Hart to Hart alongside Robert Wagner. She began her career at age fifteen, dancing briefly for famed choreographer Jerome Robbins. Stefanie was under contract to Columbia Pictures for five years appearing in 15 motion pictures. In addition to her films, she has made dozens of TV guest appearances, over 25 mini-series, 35 movies for television and the television series The Girl From U.N.C.L.E and Feather and Father. Most recently Stefanie co-starred with Richard Chamberlain in the critically acclaimed independent film, Three Days Of Hamlet. Stefanie’s stage credits include How The Other Half Loves, Under the Yum Yum Tree, Sabrina, A View From The Bridge, Oliver!, Annie Get Your Gun and Applause all on U.S Tours, Love Letters, alongside her Hart To Hart co-star Robert Wagner, at the Wyndham’s Theatre and on U.S Tour, Matador at the Queen’s Theatre, The Vagina Monologues at the Westside Theater, The King And I on UK and U.S Tours, Sunset Boulevard at the Ogunquit Playhouse and On Golden Pond on UK Tour. Also in 2012 she performed her one-woman show, Hart Of My Heart, a tribute to the life and the lyrics of Lorenz Hart at the Matcham Room at the Hippodrome. Stefanie has also recorded a CD with the legendary jazz artist Page Cavanaugh called On The Same Page, a collection of tunes from the classic American songbook.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday In The Park With George (1984), Into The Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008), as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Do I Hear A Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me A Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting It Together (1993/99), Moving On (2001) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010) are anthologies of his work as composer and lyricist. For films, he composed the scores of Stavisky (1974) and co-composed Reds (1981) as well as songs for Dick Tracy (1990). He also wrote the songs for the television production Evening Primrose (1966), co-authored the film The Last Of Sheila (1973) and the play Getting Away With Murder (1996) and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls Of Summer (1956), Invitation To A March (1961), Twigs (1971) and The Enclave (1973). Saturday Night (1954), his first professional musical, finally had its New York premiere in 1999. Mr. Sondheim has received the Tony Award for Best Score/Music/Lyrics for Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Into The Woods and Passion, all of which won the New York Drama Circle award for Outstanding/Best Musical, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday In The Park With George. In total, his works have accumulated more than sixty individual and collaborative Tony Awards. ‘Sooner Or Later’ from the film Dick Tracy won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Song. Mr. Sondheim received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984 for Sunday In The Park With George. In 1983 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded him the gold medal for music in 2006. In 1990 he was appointed the first visiting professor of contemporary theatre at Oxford University and was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors. Mr. Sondheim is on the council of the Dramatists Guild, the National Association of Playwrights, Composers and Lyricists, having served as its President from 1973 to 1981. In 1981 he founded Young Playwrights inc. to develop and promote the work of American playwrights aged 18 years and younger. His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made A Hat (2011).
James Goldman (1929-1998) has written numerous plays, including Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole (1961; co-written with his brother, William Goldman), They Might Be Giants (1961) and The Lion In Winter (1966). In addition to Follies (1971), he has been the bookwriter of A Family Affair (1962; co-author with William Goldman, music by John Kander), the television musical Evening Primrose (1967, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) and Follies (1987, London - a re-conception of the original piece). His screenplays include The Lion in Winter (1968 - Academy Award; British Screenwriters Award), They Might Be Giants (1970), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Robin and Marian (1976) and White Nights (1985, co-writer). Goldman’s work for television has included an adaptation of Oliver Twist (1982), Anna Karenina (1985), Anastasia:The Mystery of Anna Anderson (1986). He is also the author of a novel, Waldorf.
The City of London Philharmonic is made up of many of London’s finest musicians. It has performed and recorded in many sizes from small chamber orchestra to full symphony orchestra. Artists that have recorded with The City of London Philharmonic include Cliff Richard, Elaine Paige, Idina Menzel, Kerry Ellis, Ronan Keating, Ruthie Henshall and Will Young. Live concerts include: Barbra Streisand live at the O2, Rufus Wainwright live at the London Palladium and Paris Olympia, Kirsten Chenoweth live at the London Palladium, Chess in Concert, The Night of 1000 Voices and Anthems the Concert at the Royal Albert Hall. TV credits include: Little Lord Fauntleroy and The Prince and The Pauper (Drama series) The Royal Variety Performance, Laurence Olivier Awards and The BAFTA TV Awards (One-off specials).
SilverBlue Entertainment Ltd is a production company of Producers and Directors, led by Barry Satchwell Smith (Founder and Producing Partner) and Laura Cunningham (Producing Partner) and committed to developing and producing quality products, with the aim of driving new energy and audiences into British Theatre, Television and Film. Recent credits, and current and future projects in performance and development: Theatre: Bonnie and Clyde, Broadway (Frank Wildhorn/Don Black, 2011); Tell Me on A Sunday, West End (Andrew Lloyd Webber/Don Black, 2013/2014); Singer Series (feat. Van Morrison, Curtis Stigers and more, 2014/2015), Briefs (US tour 2015), Hello Dolly (2016), Bonnie and Clyde (transfer to UK from Broadway, target 2016), As it is in Heaven (2016), Flora Plum (2016); TV: Diva School (2015).
Elliot Davis’ recent credits as a producer include Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be which opened in May 2014 to rave reviews at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, directed by Terry Johnson and starring Jessie Wallace and Gary Kemp. The Follies Concert represents the first collaboration between SilverBlue Entertainment and Elliot who will focus on the production of musical theatre concerts. Elliot is also an award-winning and Olivier-nominated writer and composer whose stage credits include Loserville at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Garrick Theatre for which he wrote the book and co-wrote the music and lyrics alongside James Bourne. Loserville received an Olivier Award Nomination for Best New Musical in 2013. Out There at Riverside Studios, which he also co-wrote with James Bourne, Soho Cinders at the Soho Theatre, which he co-wrote the book with Anthony Drewe, Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi at the Liverpool Playhouse and Union Theatre, London, The Secret Life Of Nora in Malaysia, for which he wrote the book, and won the Best Original Book and Audience Choice Award for Best Musical in The BOH Cameronian Arts Awards and Best Friends and Butterflies for which he won the TicketMaster Composer Award and Award For Best Musical For Young People. Elliot has a close collaboration with Gary Hynes and Druid Theatre for whom he has written music for The Silver Tassie at Druid Theatre, Ireland Tour and on Broadway and The Colleen Bawn at Druid Theatre and Ireland Tour.
* Artists perform subject to availability and the producer has the right to change casting.
FOLLIES, IN CONCERT - ROYAL ALBERT HALL
Performances: 3.00pm and 7.30pm on 28 April 2015
Running Time: Approximately 2.5 hours
Ticket Prices: From £37.50 to £95.00 (excl VAT)
Address: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Box Office: 020 7589 8212
Matinee (all prices per person)
Fine Dining Luncheon: £183.33 (excl VAT)
Two course luncheon in Coda Restaurant
Welcome glass of Champagne
Half bottle of wine per person and a Follies programme
Afternoon Tea (Boxes) from £180.00 (excl VAT)
Champagne Afternoon Tea Package
Including Follies programme and waiter service in your Royal Albert Hall Box
Evening (all prices per person)
Fine Dining Dinner: £183.33 (excl VAT)
Two course dinner in Coda Restaurant
Welcome Glass of champagne and half bottle of wine per person and a Follies programme
Fine Dining (Boxes) from: £230 (excl VAT)
Champagne, wine, mineral water and soft drinks, Canapes and finger bowl food including dessert canapés, Follies programme and waiter service in your Royal Albert Hall box
Boxes must be booked as a complete private hire and range in size from 4 seats to 12 seats, dependent upon performance and availability. All prices above quoted on a per person basis.
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