In 1995, Theatre Under the Stars produced Stephen Sondheim's Follies as part of a regional tour. The revival was staged in Houston, Texas and Seattle, Washington. The Houston-based theatre company presented the musical from April to May, with performances in Seattle hosted at the Fifth Avenue Theatre. The cast featured several award winning actors, including Tony Award winner Judy Kaye, Emmy and Tony Award winner Edie Adams, and Emmy winner Karen Morrow.
About the Production
Theatre Under the Stars' production of Follies opened in Houston on 24 March 1995. The musical theatre production company presents self-produced shows and touring productions, including main state shows at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and an annual summer series at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. After closing at the Brown Theatre in downtown's Wortham Theatre Center, the revival production of Follies moved to the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Opening on 25 April 1995, the Seattle run concluded on 14 May 1995. All musical numbers for the Theatre Under the Stars revival mirrored the original 1971 Broadway version.
The cast performed Follies in Houston before moving to Seattle for the production's second presentation, remaining intact throughout the run. The ensemble included Constance Towers as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Judy Kaye as Sally Durant Plummer, Walter Charles as Ben Stone, John-Charles Kelly as Buddy Plummer, Karen Morrow as Carlotta Campion, and Kelly Britt as Stella Deems. The cast also featured Virginia May as Billie Whitman, Billy Barnes as Wally Whitman, Denise Darcel as Solange La Fitte, Maxene Andrews as Hattie Walker, Edie Adams as Heidi Schiller, and Adam Petroski as Roscoe. Amy Dolan, James Clow, Liz McCarthy, Brian d'Arcy James and Kimberly Lane rounded out the cast playing younger versions of the principal characters in the musical.
The 1995 revival of Follies was produced by Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS). The production team remained unchanged when the musical transferred from its first run in Houston to the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle. The director for the national regional tour was Charles Abbott. The production team also included choreographer Mary Jane Houdina and musical director Robert Linder. Other key members of the production were costumer designer Cathleen Edwards and set designer Ken Holamon.
The landmark Fifth Avenue Theatre, also known as the 5th Avenue or the 5th, is located at 1308 5th Avenue in Seattle. Designed by architect Robert Reamer, the theatre originally opened in 1926 and is owned by the University of Washington. The venue has hosted numerous theatre productions and motion picture screenings throughout its history. Theatre productions include local musical theatre revivals and touring musicals. The Fifth Street Theatre has also housed several pre-Broadway presentations, including eventual Broadway hits Jekyll & Hyde, Hairspray and The Wedding Singer. The historic theatre is housed within the Skinner Building. The theatre's interior includes reproductions of historic Beijing landmarks and a Chinese style, contrasting with the neo-renaissance design of the Skinner Building's exterior. Originally featuring seating for 3,000, the Fifth Street Theatre now seats 2,130 spectators.