Sondheim at the Caldwell

Through its 23-year run on Broadway from 1907 to 1931, the Ziegfeld Follies — part revue and part vaudeville variety show — assumed larger-than-life proportions. (A 1946 movie adaptation starred Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Estaire, and Gene Kelly, among many others.)

In May, the last living cast member in the stage version of the Ziegfeld Follies died at age 106. The death is poignant in light of the Caldwell Theatre’s mounting of The Follies, Steven Sondheim’s seven-Tony-Award-winning musical, in which he imagines a fraught reunion of the old cast from the Weismann Follies — a takeoff of the Ziegfeld Follies. They gather, riven by marital tensions and unease, at a Broadway theatre full of memories that’s about to be bulldozed for a parking lot.

The Follies performs at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Caldwell Theatre (7901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton). Tickets cost $30 to $35, depending on seating. Students pay $10. Call 561-241-7432, or visit
Fri., Oct. 1, 8 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 2, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 3, 2 p.m., 2010

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