Syracuse has a strong local theater community with many talented individuals. However, there are a select few that have become a core group of stand outs over the years and they’re joining together for one weekend only. Legends of local theater are coming together for “Follies” in Concert, a tribute to some of the shining stars of the community stage. Over more than twenty years of friendships, memories, and talent will be on stage for a performance that “will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you feel like getting up and dancing.”
Local theater vets Karin Franklin and Bonnie Nye are two of the leading ladies in the production made up of a cast that is a real mix, featuring talents from a range of years. Members will be working with old friends and fresh faces alike, bringing huge energy to the performance, one which is far more than simply a tribute concert. Director Dan Tursi and Producer Eugene Taddeo wanted something more, including choreography and making it possible to showcase just what these theater devotees can do. Community theater, as anyone involved will tell you, is about contributing purely out of a love for the art.
Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” is a very fitting show for this type of tribute. While it’s an amazing show that many in the case have always wanted to do, it tells the story of a reunion of retired showgirls, 30 years after the follies vanished in history. They drift through the rubble of their glamorous past but then stumble on the wreckage of their youthful, innocent dreams.
There are only three productions of the show happening this weekend, July 14th-16th. Friday and Saturday both have performances at 8:00pm and then a special matinee performance at 2:00pm on Sunday. All performances will be in the Carrier Theater at the Oncenter in Downtown Syracuse. Tickets are $32 and can be bought at the door or by calling (315) 880-6731.