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‘Follies’ back on Broadway

Revival part of Roundabout's 2000-01season

Finally, “Follies” comes back to Broadway.

The Roundabout Theater Co. announced its 2000-01 season on Thursday, and the hot ticket is a spring 2001 revival of the Stephen Sondheim/James Goldman musical. Set in a crumbling Broadway theater, the 1971 tuner about a showgirls’ reunion took on legendary status after its initial, commercially unsuccessful run of 522 performances. In 1985, a concert version starring Lee Remick and Barbara Cook was recorded and taped at Avery Fisher Hall, burnishing the show’s reputation.

The Roundabout revival, directed by Matthew Warchus, will be the musical’s first full staging in Gotham since its world premiere. Warchus is currently represented on Broadway with “True West.”

Surprisingly, “Follies” will be staged not at the Roundabout’s new American Airlines Theater but at a venue to be announced.

Other Roundabout offerings include Eugene O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms,” directed by David Leveaux, in October. Noel Coward’s “Design for Living” will be helmed by Joe Mantello, in February 2001; Brian Friel’s “The Faith Healer” will be produced in June 2001 (a director for “Faith” has not yet been announced). All three plays will be staged at the American Airlines Theater.

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