Susi Damilano and Bill English

San Francisco Playhouse to Stage “Follies”

San Francisco Playhouse (Artistic Director Bill English; Producing Director Susi Damilano) announced updated casting for Follies by James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim. The musical will run on the San Francisco Playhouse Mainstage from June 30 through September 10, 2022.

Bill English will direct, with music direction by Dave Dobrusky and choreography by Nicole Helfer.

Originally slated for the Playhouse’s 2019/20 Season and canceled due to Covid-19, the show marks the first fully staged professional production of Follies in San Francisco.

The musical, which won seven Tony Awards in 1972 and has been heralded by the New York Times as “one of the greatest musicals ever written,” closed on Broadway after 522 performances and never went on a national tour.

“We are thrilled and amazed to be presenting the professional San Francisco premiere of this Sondheim classic,” said Bill English, Artistic Director. “More than a dazzling collection of tributes to musical styles from the first half of the 20th century, Follies is a meditation on the subject of regret, urging us to either refuse to regret or to make sure we have nothing in life to regret. It is also a profoundly feminist piece, that speaks with even greater power now than it did in 1971.”

Tickets ($30 – $100) are now available. 

For tickets or more information, the public may contact the San Francisco Playhouse box office at 415-677-9596, or online at