The Story
The Will Rogers Follies
Music
CY COLEMAN

Lyrics
BETTY COMDEN & ADOLPH GREEN

Book
PETER STONE
The musical focuses on the life and career of famed humorist and performer Will Rogers, using as a backdrop the Ziegfeld Follies, which he often headlined, and describes every episode in his life in the form of a big production number. The Rogers character also performs rope tricks in between scenes. The revue contains snippets of Rogers' famous homespun style of wisdom and common sense and tries to convey the personality of this quintessentially American figure whose most famous quote was "I never met a man I didn't like."

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
Keith Carradine, Cady Huffman and the cast of the original Broadway production perform "Our Favorite Son" at the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
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THE STORY

ACT ONE

Rogers frequently speaks directly to the audience and to Florenz Ziegfeld himself, who often interjects to question the progress of the show and to give some directorial advice. After introducing the audience to his friends and family, Rogers discusses leaving home at 19 to become a cowboy in Argentina. Ziegfeld tells Rogers that he must "meet the girl". Although Rogers met Betty Blake at a train station, Ziegfield creates a more ?theatrical? meeting by having her lowered romantically from the moon.

Because Betty is eager to marry Rogers, the show moves forward several years to a time when Rogers is playing in a small Wild West revue. The couple is about to be married, but Ziegfeld interrupts, saying that the wedding has to be delayed, because it must occur in the first act finale. So, as Rogers' success continues to grow, he and Betty travel around the country performing and produce four children. Rogers gets his big break when he is invited to join the Ziegfeld Follies and, by the early 1910?s, he is a big vaudeville and radio star. He is about to leave for Hollywood to start a career in film, when it is at last time for the finale and the wedding.


ACT TWO

Rogers is at the zenith of his popularity, the country's biggest and highest paid star of every medium of his time ? stage, screen, radio, newspapers, and public appearances ? and is even asked to run for president. This doesn't leave him much time for Betty, and she begins to feel neglected and starts singing the blues. Rogers comes home with "a treasury of precious jewels," and all is forgiven. The good mood doesn't last long, however, as bill collectors and creditors come knocking at the door. Ziegfeld has lost his fortune, and the Great Depression is in full swing. Herbert Hoover asks Rogers to give a speech to the nation, and everyone is inspired. Rogers also reconciles with his estranged father. The show ends with the tragic plane ride in Alaska that he shares with Wiley Post, a character whose cheerful invitation, "Let's go flyin'!" is heard throughout the show.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Producer PIERRE COSSETTE, MARTIN RICHARDS, SAM CROTHERS, JAMES M. NEDERLANDER, STEWART F. LANE, MAX WEITZENHOFFER
Direction TOMMY TUNE
Musical Staging TOMMY TUNE
Orchestrations BILLY BYERS
Scenic Design TONY WALTON
Costume Design WILLA KIM
Lighting Design JULES FISHER
Sound Design PETER FITZGERALD
Cast
Will Rogers KEITH CARRADINE
Betty Blake DEE HOTY
Clem Rogers DICK LATESSA
Ziegfeld's Favorite CADY HUFFMAN
Mr. Ziegfeld (voice) GREGORY PECK
Wiley Post PAUL UKENA JR.
Will Rogers, Jr. RICK FAUGNO
Mary Rogers TAMMY MINOFF
James Rogers LANCE ROBINSON
Freddy Rogers GREGORY SCOTT CARTER
MUSICAL NUMBERS
ACT ONE

Will-a-ManiaZiegfeld's Favorite and Company
Give a Man Enough RopeWill Rogers and Will Rogers Wranglers
I'ts a Boy!Clem Rogers and Will's Sisters
So Long PaWill Rogers
My Unknown SomeoneBetty Blake
The Big TimeWill Rogers, Betty Blake and Children
My Big MistakeBetty Blake
The Powder Puff BalletThe New Ziegfeld Girls
Marry Me NowWill Rogers
Without YouBetty Blake


ACT TWO

Give a Man Enough Rope (Reprise)Will Rogers and Will Rogers Wranglers
Favorite SonWill Rogers and Chorus
No Man Left For MeBetty Blake
Presents for Mrs. RogersWill Rogers, Will Rogers Wranglers and The New Ziegfeld Girls
Will-a-Mania (Reprise)Will Rogers and Clem Rogers
Without You (Reprise)Betty Blake
Never Met a Man I Didn't LikeWill Rogers and Company

A Night With Janis Joplin
The Visit
Love's Labour's Lost
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

Keith Carradine, Cady Huffman and the cast of the original Broadway production perform "Our Favorite Son" at the Tony Awards.

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