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National Theatre Live features ‘Follies’ beginning tonight

From 2007–2010, Imelda Staunton struck terror into the hearts of the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the Harry Potter movie series in which she played Dolores Jane Umbridge.

Tonight you can catch her in select theaters around the country making people happy in Stephen Sondheim‘s “Follies”  as Sally Durant Plummer, a former dancer who meets up with a former friend and an old flame.  Nostalgia vs. aging.

From left, Janie Dee, Imelda Staunton and Zizi Strallen in "Follies" at the Olivier Awards.
From left, Janie Dee, Imelda Staunton and Zizi Strallen in “Follies” at the Olivier Awards.

The smash-hit National Theatre production is being broadcast live to international movie theaters  with repeat screenings during the coming weeks. To find a theater near you and more about the production, click here. 

Staunton, a theater icon in England and West End regular in plays and musicals, winning four Olivier Awards, three of which were for Best Actress in a Musical as the Baker’s Wife in “Into the Woods” (1991), Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd” (2013) and Mama Rose in “Gypsy” (2016). She also won Best Supporting Performance for both “A Chorus of Disapproval” (1985) and “The Corn is Green” (1985).

Read the Playbill review here.

Read Variety’s review here.

Read the Associated Press review here.

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Sondheim turns 85 today, celebrate with Schwartz

Happy birthday, Stephen Sondheim, who is 85 today. One way to celebrate this musician’s life and work is to tune in to Jonathan Schwartz’s radio show now (noon-4 p.m., March 22) on WNYC 93.9 FM or online here.  (If you missed it live this afternoon, it will be repeated at 8 tonight.)

Stephen Sondheim is working on a new musical with David Ives.
Stephen Sondheim is working on a new musical with David Ives.

So far, you’ve missed Sinatra singing “Send in the Clowns,” the “Sweeney Todd” suite,  Hermione Gingold singing “Liaisons” and now the title song from “Bounce” (which actually had a couple of different titles).

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