The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue

Will Rogers Follies" glistens with the addition of Mac Davis in the title role of the performer who became a hero by embodying the common man.

With:
Will Rogers ... Mac Davis Betty Blake ... Dee Hoty Ziegfeld's Favorite ... Leigh Zimmerman Clem Rogers ... George Riddle The Roper ... Tomas Garcilazo

Will Rogers Follies” glistens with the addition of Mac Davis in the title role of the performer who became a hero by embodying the common man.

Davis took over for Keith Carradine on Broadway and is again stepping in for Carradine, KO’d by illness, for the rest of the L.A. run. Davis’ introduction alters the focus of the top-drawer production with a more mature but mischievous tone.

Davis plays his comedy with aplomb, and his light, folksy voice never has to press its point. He makes the role entirely his own.

Performed in the context of the Ziegfeld Follies, Rogers warms the audience with his homespun brand of gum-chewing insight.

Interspersed with Rogers’ biographical accounts are astounding dance numbers, all bearing the mark of director/choreographer Tommy Tune’s brilliance.

“Will Rogers Follies” whisks the audience away to a time when Americans had heroes they truly loved, and entertainment that truly entertained.

The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Revue

(Pantages Theatre, Hollywood; 2,686 seats; $ 55 top)

Production: Pierre Cossette, Martin Richards, Sam Crothers, James M. Nederlander, Stewart F. Lane, Max Weitzenhoffer in association with William E. Simon and Jeep presents a musical in two acts, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green; book, Peter Stone; director/choreographer, Tommy Tune.

Creative: Set, Tony Walton; costumes, Willa Kim; lights, Jules Fisher; sound, Peter Fitzgerald; projections, Wendall R. Harrington. Opened July 14, 1993; reviewed Aug. 25; runs through Sept. 13.

Cast: Will Rogers ... Mac Davis Betty Blake ... Dee Hoty Ziegfeld's Favorite ... Leigh Zimmerman Clem Rogers ... George Riddle The Roper ... Tomas GarcilazoWith: Blaine Mastalir, Abe Reybold, Jeff Williams, Michael Lee Wright, Bob Moore, Jeanne Moore, Laurel Lynn Collins, Sutton Foster, Dana Leigh Jackson, Gina Keys, Julie Lamar, Lisa Mandel, Eric Goldin, Moriah (Shining Dove) Snyder, Christy Romano, Thomas O'Connell II, Holly Cruikshank, Dana Leigh Jackson, Stacie James, Wendy Leahy, Lisa Mandel, Wendy Palmer, Francie Provine, Jane Sonderman, Christine Tarallo, Tracy Terstriep, Victoria L. Waggoner, and the voice of Gregory Peck.

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