Follies

National Tour (1972)

Trivia & History

This was the first production to play at the just-built Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles. It was hoped and expected that the production would move on to other cities after the run in Los Angeles. The run in Los Angeles was booked as an open-ended run, which turned out to be a mistake. 

According to Harold Prince, in his book Contradictions: Notes on Twenty-six Years in the Theatre, theatregoing in Los Angeles was very heavily subscription-based at the time. With no subscription audience, the production, which got very favorable reviews. was not able to sustain an initially strong box-office response for long.

With no other engagements yet booked, the production closed permanently in Los Angeles.


Runs at the Kennedy Center Opera House and O'Keefe Center in Toronto were expected after the Los Angeles, but the earlier-than-expected closing in Los Angeles led to the cancelation of any further engagements, for which plans had not been finalized and dates had not been set.


Opening night in Los Angeles was a benefit for the Actors Fund of America.



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