Will Rogers’ Follies at Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 28, 2018
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance presents the Broadway hit,”The Will Rogers Follies, A Life In Revue.” The exuberant dance-filled musical will be running July 13-22.
Shake hands with the heartwarming humorist who spun a rope, poked fun at headlines and never met a man he didn’t like. The rags-to-riches story of America’s beloved stage, screen and radio star bursts to life as a Ziegfeld Follies-style extravaganza. Family, fame and fate are center stage in Will’s rise from obscurity to stardom. Along the way he’s arm-in-arm with vivacious showgirls and a slew of cowboys. Curtain up on the Tony Award-winning Best Musical that captures the American spirit at its up-tempo best!
The Will Rogers Follies features book by Peter Stone, music composed and arranged by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Inspired by the words of Will and Betty Rogers. The original New York production was directed and choreographed by Tommy Tune. The Theatre Alliance production will feature the original choreography for “The Campaign” song, with special permission by Mr. Tune.
Will Rogers will be played by Gray Smith, who recently wowed Theatre Alliance audiences in Shrek. Jaye Pierce, who starred in “9 to 5,” will play Betty Blake.
Music composed and arranged by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green, book by Peter Stone
Directed by Jamie Lawson, music direction by David Lane, choreography by Mary Isom and John C. Wilson.
Starring Gray Smith, Jaye Pierce, Mark Walek, and Mary Upchurch
Friday, July 13 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 14 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 20 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m.
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd.