Attention all theatre kids, both former and contemporary: Composer Stephen Sondheim has announced that his musical Follies will finally come to the big screen.
Dominic Cooke, known for the quiet drama On Chesil Beach will take on directorial duties. Cooke directed a West End revival in 2017 which also had a return engagement earlier this year.
“Over the years, there have been many attempts to bring Follies to the screen, but not until Dominic Cooke’s brilliant production at the National Theatre of Great Britain did it seem like it could be a real movie. I’m more than delighted, I’m thrilled, that it’s finally going to happen,” composer Sondheim told Deadline.
Follies centers on two actresses who once performed in a musical revue together. As the two reunite to commemorate the demolition of their old theatre, they reflect on their lives and career choices. The show became famous for contributing several musical standards, including the songs Broadway Baby, Losing My Mind and I’m Still Here.
The new film version, which also features David Heyman, Rose Allison and Rose Garnett as producers, has yet to set a cast or release date. That said, we wonder what Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand are up to at the moment…