There’s no doubting that Stephen Sondheim is a genius when it comes to writing musicals. It has recently been announced that the recent revival of Sondheim’s 1971 classic, “Follies,” will continue its performances at Broadway’s Marquis Theater past its original closing date of January 1, 2012 for three additional weeks. Since its relatively recent debut on September 12th, the show has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from the New York Times, Time Out New York and Playbill, among others.
The cast of “Follies” features living legends of the stage, including Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Elaine Page, among others. The number of Tony Awards and Tony nominations secured by this brilliant team is staggering.
The creative team for “Follies” features Tony-nominated playwright and screenwriter James Goldman, the venerable (and aforementioned) composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and veteran Broadway director Eric Schaeffer. The Nederlander brothers can lay claim to the enviable title of co-producers.
Although these extra three weeks aren’t a significant amount of time, the extension is both a financial and a symbolic victory, proving to the world that the classic musicals of the 20th century can still hold their own against the high-tech, advanced productions of today.
A sincere, hearty congratulations to the cast and crew of “Follies”!