Classic musical comes to Playhouse

Alnwick Stage Musical Society'Follies'Vickie Allen  & Sarah Brooks our ghost showgirls
Alnwick Stage Musical Society'Follies'Vickie Allen & Sarah Brooks our ghost showgirls

Alnwick Stage Musical Society brings an award-winning show by a legendary composer and lyricist to the town’s Playhouse later this month.

The amateur-dramatics group will be performing Stephen Sondheim’s Follies from Tuesday, March 25, to Saturday, March 29.

Alnwick Stage Musical Society'Follies'  Former Follies Girls re-living an old routine

Alnwick Stage Musical Society'Follies' Former Follies Girls re-living an old routine

A winner of seven Tony Awards, this poignant show explores themes such as love and loss, and memories and illusions.

Several of the production’s songs have become standards, including Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here, Too Many Mornings, Losing My Mind and Could I Leave You?

Set a few decades after the demise of the Weissman Follies – a glitzy revue staged between the wars – the show focuses on a group of once-glamorous Weissman girls who gather in their now-condemned theatre for one last time before it is demolished.

As the women relive their glory days on stage, old rivalries and resentments surface and their follies, both past and present, are revealed.

Lynne Lambert, from the Society, is delighted that the group is able to add Sondheim’s masterpiece to its list of shows, which includes The Sound of Music and Beauty and the Beast.

She said: “Follies is a departure from traditionally-romantic musicals and it interweaves a more realistic view of life and relationships with Sondheim’s varied, complex and witty music.

“The show features wonderfully diverse songs, ranging from burlesque to lyrical, so that the comedy in songs such as Broadway Baby is contrasted with the pathos of Losing My Mind and the beautiful duet, Too Many Mornings.

“Sondheim’s sharp dialogue is equally skilful and, while challenging, it is a delight for actors to perform.

“The musical has a serious side to it, but this is counterbalanced by the colour and spectacle of the fantasy world of Loveland and dance numbers by the chorus.

“The Society hopes you will join them at Alnwick Playhouse for a show which promises to be lively, thought-provoking and, above all, entertaining.”

All five showings are at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12, £11 conc and are available from the Playhouse box office, by calling 01665 510785 or visiting the website.