Winter Garden Theatre, (4/04/1971 - 7/01/1972)

First Preview: Mar 24, 1971
Opening Date: Apr 04, 1971
Closing Date: Jul 01, 1972
Total Previews: 12
Total Performances: 522

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: A party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tonight.
Comments: "Follies" was originally titled "The Girls Upstairs"

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

Produced by Harold Prince; Produced in association with Ruth Mitchell

Book by James Goldman; Music by Stephen Sondheim; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Musical Director: Harold Hastings; Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick; Dance arrangements by John Berkman; Choral arrangements by Harold Hastings

Directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett; Choreographed by Michael Bennett; Associate Choreographer: Bob Avian

Scenic Design by Boris Aronson; Costume Design by Florence Klotz; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Hairstylist: Joe Tubens; Make-Up Design by Ted Azar; Sound Design by Jack Mann; Make-up executed by Charles La France

General Manager: Carl Fisher

Production Stage Manager: Fritz Holt; Stage Manager: George Martin; Production Supervisor: Ruth Mitchell

Party Musician: Taft Jordan, Aaron Bell, Charles Spies and Robert Curtis; Music published by Tommy Valando; Music Copyist: Mathilde Pincus

Press Representative: Mary Bryant, Stanley F. Kaminsky, Sadie Stein and Susan L. Schulman; Casting: Joanna Merlin; Dance Captain: George Martin; Advertising: Ingram Ash

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Opening Night Cast

Dorothy CollinsSally Durant Plummer
John McMartinBenjamin Stone
Gene NelsonBuddy Plummer
Alexis SmithPhyllis Rogers Stone
Yvonne De CarloCarlotta Campion
Roy BarrySinger and Dancer
Michael BartlettRoscoe
Helon BlountDee Dee West
Steven BoockvorSinger and Dancer
Suzanne BriggsShowgirl
Trudy CarsonShowgirl
Ethel Barrymore ColtChristine Crane
Kathie DaltonShowgirl
Graciela DanieleYoung Vanessa
Singer and Dancer
Fifi D'OrsaySolange LaFitte
Harvey EvansYoung Buddy
Victor GriffinVincent
John GrigasChauffeur
Mary Jane HoudinaYoung Hattie
Singer and Dancer
Justine JohnstonHeidi Schiller
Fred KellyWilly Wheeler
Dick LatessaMajor-Domo
Sonja LevkovaSandra Donovan
Victoria MalloryYoung Heidi
John J. MartinMax Deems
Ursula MaschmeyerShowgirl
Mary McCartyStella Deems
Michael MisitaYoung Vincent
Singer and Dancer
Arnold MossDimitri Weismann
Joseph NelsonSinger and Dancer
Ralph NelsonKevin
Singer and Dancer
Rita O'ConnorSinger and Dancer
Julie ParsSinger and Dancer
Linda PerkinsShowgirl
Kurt PetersonYoung Ben
Suzanne RogersSinger and Dancer
Marti RolphYoung Sally
Virginia SandifurYoung Phyllis
Ethel ShuttaHattie Walker
Sheila SmithMeredith Lane
Marcie StringerEmily Whitman
Margot TraversShowgirl
Jayne TurnerVanessa
Kenneth UrmstonSinger and Dancer
Peter WalkerChet Richards
Donald WeissmullerSinger and Dancer
Charles WelchTheodore Whitman

Standby: Sheila Smith (Carlotta Campion, Phyllis Rogers Stone, Solange LaFitte) and Edwin Steffe (Dimitri Weismann)

Understudies: Helon Blount (Christine Crane, Hattie Walker, Stella Deems), Ethel Barrymore Colt (Heidi Schiller, Sally Durant Plummer), Fred Kelly (Dimitri Weismann, Major-Domo, Theodore Whitman), Dick Latessa (Buddy Plummer), Sonja Levkova (Vanessa), Peter Walker (Benjamin Stone) and Donald Weissmuller (Vincent)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1972 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Harold Prince

 1972 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by James Goldman

winner 1972 Best Original Score [winner] 

Music by Stephen Sondheim; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

winner 1972 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Alexis Smith

 1972 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Dorothy Collins

 1972 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Gene Nelson

winner 1972 Best Scenic Design [winner] 

Boris Aronson

winner 1972 Best Costume Design [winner] 

Florence Klotz

winner 1972 Best Lighting Design [winner] 

Tharon Musser

winner 1972 Best Choreography [winner] 

Michael Bennett

winner 1972 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Harold Prince

winner 1972 Best Direction of a Musical [winner] 

Michael Bennett

Drama Desk Award

winner 1971 Outstanding Choreography [winner] 

Michael Bennett

winner 1971 Outstanding Lyrics [winner] 

Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

winner 1971 Outstanding Music [winner] 

Music by Stephen Sondheim

winner 1971 Outstanding Costume Design [winner] 

Florence Klotz

winner 1971 Outstanding Set Design [winner] 

Boris Aronson

winner 1971 Outstanding Performance [winner] 

Alexis Smith

winner 1971 Outstanding Director [winner] 

Harold Prince and Michael Bennett


music by Stephen Sondheim; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Beautiful GirlsRoscoe and Company
Don't Look at MeBenjamin Stone and Sally Durant Plummer
Waiting for the Girls UpstairsBuddy Plummer, Benjamin Stone, Phyllis Rogers Stone, Sally Durant Plummer, Young Buddy, Young Ben, Young Phyllis and Young Sally
Rain on the RoofEmily Whitman and Theodore Whitman
Ah, Paris!Solange LaFitte
Broadway BabyHattie Walker
The Road You Didn't TakeBenjamin Stone
Bolero d'AmourVincent and Vanessa
In Buddy's EyesSally Durant Plummer
Who's That Woman?Stella Deems and Company
I'm Still HereCarlotta Campion
Too Many MorningsBenjamin Stone and Sally Durant Plummer
The Right GirlBuddy Plummer
One More KissHeidi Schiller and Young Heidi
Could I Leave You?Phyllis Rogers Stone
You're Gonna Love TomorrowYoung Phyllis and Young Ben
Love Will See Us ThroughYoung Sally and Young Buddy
The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me BluesBuddy Plummer, Buddy's Blues "Margie" and Buddy's Blues "Sally"
Losing My MindSally Durant Plummer
The Story of Lucy and JessiePhyllis Rogers Stone
Live, Laugh, LoveBenjamin Stone

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Winter Garden Theatre

(4/4/1971 - 7/1/1972)
Musical Director: Paul Gemignani.

Company Manager: John Caruso.

Assistant Stage Mgr: Donald Weissmuller.

Party Musician: John Blowers.


Camila Ashland
Emily Whitman
Roy Barry
Alexandra Borrie
Young Phyllis
Jan Clayton
Christine Crane
Susanna Clemm
Joel Craig
Singer and Dancer
Patricia Garland
Singer and Dancer
John Johann
Young Ben
Dick Latessa
Theodore Whitman
Ted Lawrie
Theodore Whitman
Marion Marlowe
Meredith Lane
Jennifer Nairn-Smith
Christopher Nelson
Joseph Nelson
Jacqueline Payne
Singer and Dancer
Young Hattie
Denise Pence
Singer and Dancer
Marti Rolph
Young Heidi
David Roman
Singer and Dancer
Rita Rudner
Singer and Dancer
Terry Saunders
Christine Crane
Rosemary Shevlin
Margot Travers
Young Vanessa
Donald Weissmuller
Willy Wheeler

Standbys: Jan Clayton (Sally Durant Plummer), Ted Lawrie (Buddy Plummer), Marion Marlowe (Carlotta Campion, Phyllis Rogers Stone).

Understudies: Sonja Levkova (Solange LaFitte), Suzanne Rogers (Young Phyllis), Ken Urmston (Young Ben).

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