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'Follies' at the Caldwell

FOLLIES POSTER PLAIN After great success with its concert versions of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods -- presentations that have just earned it a Silver Palm Award, to be presented at the closing night party of this year's South Florida Theatre Festival Oct. 25 -- the Caldwell Theater Company is again exploring the Sondheim catalog with a concert version of Follies.

With a book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Sondheim, and original direction by Harold Prince, the 1971 Follies takes place during the reunion of former follies performers, its flashbacks full of youthful dreams, its reunion scenes full of disillusionment and regret.  Its beautiful score includes Broadway Baby, I'm Still Here and the exquisite Losing My Mind.

Again helmed by Caldwell artistic director Clive Cholerton, the concert features some of the region's finest musical theater talent: Laura Hodos, Wayne LeGette, Melissa Minyard, Stephen G. Anthony, Meghan Colleen Moroney, Jeanne Bennett, Lourelene Snedeker, Nicole Niefeld, John Debkowski, Kevin Healey, Colleen Amaya, Melanie Leibner and Joey Zangardi.

There are just four performances of Follies at the Caldwell, 7901 N. Federal Hwy. in Boca Raton.  See it at 8 p.m. tonight or Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday or Sunday.  Tickets are $25 and $35 ($10 for students).  Call 1-877-245-7432 or visit the Caldwell web site for info.

(Follies poster by Michael McKeever)