Follies graduates to return for Follies benefit
Updated 3:22 pm, Friday, February 10, 2012
The stars from past Fairfield Follies shows will visit Bridgeport's Downtown Cabaret Theatre to dazzle audiences with their professional talents in a review of Cole Porter's musical gems. Each of the 10 performers has used Follies as a springboard in pursuit of further theatrical education and performance careers. By appearing in this benefit show, these rising stars thank Follies for teaching and refining their stage skills and motivating them to follow their dreams.
"Follies Stars Sing Cole Porter" will take place Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, 263 Golden Hill Street, Bridgeport. Tickets, priced at $35, can be reserved by calling 203-452-9375. Tickets will be held at the box office for pick-up prior to the performance. Boxed dinners (choice of grilled chicken, sliced sirloin of beef or vegetarian) can be ordered for $14 if order is included with ticket purchase. Audience members can also bring their own food Beverages, desserts and snacks will also be available for purchase at the theatre. The Downtown Cabaret is easily accessed off of Exit 2 on the Route 8/25 Connector. Attended parking is available for $2. The doors will open at 6:45 for those wishing to start their dinners before the show.
A major part of the Great American Song Book, Cole Porter's music has been beloved for decades and continues to endure as favorites among audiences today. The Follies alumni will perform nearly thirty Cole Porter songs including such classics as "I Love Paris," "Begin the Beguine," "Night and Day," and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Many of the songs come from Broadway shows such as "Kiss Me Kate," "Can Can," and "Anything Goes."
Established in 2000, Fairfield Follies has impacted the lives of nearly 1,000 high school students from the greater Bridgeport region and throughout Fairfield County, and has introduced audiences to the immense talents of these youngsters. Follies, which takes place for three performance each year in May, consists of expertly staged, costumed and choreographed musical numbers from current and past Broadway shows. Cast members from Bridgeport and suburban schools are chosen in open auditions early in February. "Ever wonder where the next generation of Broadway stars is coming from? Take it from me, they're in Follies today and they're Broadway Bound," Garret Stack, the host of Broadway Bound, a radio program on WMNR Fine Arts Radio, said.
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The net proceeds from "Follies Stars Sing Cole Porter" will benefit the Fairfield Follies Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization responsible for producing the annual Follies show and promoting and supporting theatrical and musical arts education in the region.
Seating for this one-night performance is limited, so early reservations are highly recommended. More information about Follies, including performance schedules, and tax-deductible financial support opportunities can be found at www.fairfieldfollies.org.