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Department of Theatre and Dance

Thursday/ Friday, November 15-16 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 17 at 4 & 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m.


Tickets: $25/person;

$20/Seniors; $10 (Non-BW) Student)

Kleist Center Box Office: 440-826-2240
Box Office Hours: Monday - Friday 12-5 p.m. and prior to each show.

Directions to Kleist Center

FOLLIES - a True Theatrical Event

Acclaimed Director Victoria Bussert stages legendary music theatre masterpiece at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea.

Victoria Bussert is not one to shy away from big, ambitious productions. After 17 years as a wildly successful Baldwin Wallace University music theatre director, Bussert’s next challenge is to lead BW's staging of FOLLIES, considered by many to be the greatest musical ever created.

Bussert will lean on the heavyweight talent of BW's Department of Theatre and Dance to produce FOLLIES, which is rarely performed by colleges or universities. The musical event will run at the Kleist Center for Art and Drama in Berea November 8-11 and 15-18.

Surreal, sophisticated, compelling, heart wrenching and epic in scope, FOLLIES (book by James Goldman, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim) uses the musical theatre as a metaphor for the collapse of American innocence and naiveté in the post-Kennedy years.

Talent Behind the Production
The production will feature a talented cast of both faculty and students from BW, recently dubbed a "star factory” by The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer because of the number of graduates who land on Broadway each year. "For my money, Vicky Bussert is running the finest musical theater program in the country [at BW]," Broadway talent agent Chris Nichols told the PD.

FOLLIES represents another in a distinguished line of co-productions by BW's celebrated Music Theatre and Theatre & Dance Departments. The two departments are combining their considerable resources in a collaborative venture that will employ more than 100 accomplished faculty and student actors, musicians, scenic artists and technicians.

In addition to Director Victoria Bussert, the talented theatre professionals behind the scenes include:

In a tribute to BW's rich performance history, seven esteemed faculty members will appear in cameo roles alongside the rising stars that were cast from BW's stellar student talent pool. Faculty cameos include:

For ticket information,  call the box office at (440) 826-2240.



On Saturday, November 10, BW welcomed Bill Rudman, director of The Musical Theater Project and Broadway’s Ted Chapin for pre-show talk and post-show audience talk-back.

"As a 20-year-old college kid, Ted Chapin – who would in middle-age become president of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization in NYC— served as a gopher to the creative team of FOLLIES and kept a diary of the experience, for college credit. He earned an "A" on the 120-page paper, never knowing that 30 years later he would draw on it to write Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies."  - Playbill
Ted Chapin is President and Executive Director of Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company. He is past-Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the American Theatre Wing and was chairman of the Advisory Committee for New York City Center's Encores! series from its inception. He serves on several boards including Goodspeed Musicals, New Music USA, and New York City Center. He was a Tony Awards nominator for two seasons, and is currently a member of the Tony Administration Committee.

Chapin's career began as production or directorial assistant for the Broadway productions of Follies, The Rothchilds and The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, as well as Bernstein's Mass at the Kennedy Center, and Candide in San Francisco. As Associate to Alan Arkin, he worked on the original Broadway production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys; Twigs starring Carol Burnett (CBS); and Neil Cuthbert's The Soft Touch. 

Bill Rudman, founder of the Cleveland-based The Musical Theater Project, hosts two national radio series on musical theater: “Footlight Parade,” heard on WCLV, WBWC and 100 other stations, and “On the Aisle,” broadcast on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. He has known Ted Chapin for more than 30 years.

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