MUSIC & LYRICS BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM
BOOK BY JAMES GOLDMAN
Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, March 23 & 24, from 7pm to approximately 10pm. Callbacks, if needed, will be Wednesday, March 25.
Direction & Musical Staging by Karen Randazzo
Music Direction by Greg Chrzczon
Additional Choreography by Kari Sweeney.
The story concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre scheduled for demolition, of the past performers of the "Weismann's Follies," a musical revue (based on the Ziegfield Follies), that played in that theatre between the World Wars. It focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone, who are attending the reunion. Sally and Phyllis were showgirls in the Follies. Both couples are deeply unhappy with their marriages. Buddy, a traveling salesman, is having an affair with a girl on the road; Sally is still as much in love with Ben as she was years ago; and Ben is so self-absorbed that Phyllis feels emotionally abandoned. Several of the former showgirls perform their old numbers, sometimes accompanied by the ghosts of their former selves.
Those auditioning should prepare a brief song in the style of the show that shows off both acting and singing skills. (Please bring sheet music in the proper key.) You may be asked to learn a brief dance combination and to read from the script.
ALL ROLES OPEN FOR THIS MUSICAL MASTERPIECE
Former emcee, showstopper voice
Buddy Plummer (Baritone 40 to 60)
Sally's husband. Exhausted middle-class salesman.
Phyllis Rogers Stone (Mezzo/Alto, 50)
Former showgirl. Elegant, well-read, polished.
Hattie Walker (Alto, 65 - 80)
Benjamin Stone (Baritone 40 to 60)
Phyllis' husband. Worldly, wealthy, suave.
Stella Deems (Mezzo)
Former showgirl. Heavyset.
Heidi Schiller (Mature Soprano, 70 - 90)
former great performer
Solange La Fitte (Mezzo, "66")
French. Very fashionable.
Dimitri Weissman (non-singing 60+)
Former producer of the Weissman Follies
Carlotta Campion (Alto)
A one-time movie star
Other Former Weissman Girls...
Vanessa (tango), Meredith Lane, Dee Dee West
Emily Whitman (70s), Francesca, Christine Donovan,
Former Weissman Men...
Vincent (Tango), Max Deems, Theodore Whitman (70s),
Former acrobat, now out of shape.
Young Phyllis (Mezzo), Young Ben (High Baritone), Young Buddy (Tenor), Young Sally (Soprano), Young Stella, Young Heidi, Major-domo, Chauffeur, Kevin (a waiter)
Sally Durant Plummer (Soprano, 49)
Former showgirl. Flightly, unstable, sweet.