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Princeton's WordNet

  1. folliesnoun

    a revue with elaborate costuming

Wiktionary

  1. folliesnoun

    A lavishly-produced theatrical revue characterized by major stars, huge casts, and opulent costumes and scenery.

    The most famous Broadway theatrical revues of all time were the Ziegfeld Follies.

  2. folliesnoun

    Plural form of folly.

Wikipedia

  1. Follies

    Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. The story concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre, scheduled for demolition, of the past performers of the "Weismann's Follies", a musical revue (based on the Ziegfeld Follies), that played in that theatre between the World Wars. It focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone, who are attending the reunion. Sally and Phyllis were showgirls in the Follies. Both couples are deeply unhappy with their marriages. Buddy, a traveling salesman, is having an affair with a girl on the road; Sally is still as much in love with Ben as she was years ago; and Ben is so self-absorbed that Phyllis feels emotionally abandoned. Several of the former showgirls perform their old numbers, sometimes accompanied by the ghosts of their former selves. The musical numbers in the show have been interpreted as pastiches of the styles of the leading Broadway composers of the 1920s and '30s, and sometimes as parodies of specific songs. The Broadway production opened on April 4, 1971, directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, and with choreography by Bennett. The musical was nominated for eleven Tony Awards and won seven. The original production, the second-most costly performed on Broadway to that date, ran for over 500 performances but ultimately lost its entire investment. The musical has had a number of major revivals, and several of its songs have become standards, including "Broadway Baby", "I'm Still Here", "Too Many Mornings", "Could I Leave You?", and "Losing My Mind".

ChatGPT

  1. follies

    Follies generally refer to two distinct concepts. 1) In architecture, a folly is a decorative building or structure that doesn't serve a practical purpose. It is often found in large gardens or parks, built mainly for artistic impact or to enhance the beauty of the surroundings. 2) In a broader sense, follies refer to lack of good sense or foolish actions or undertakings. It symbolizes a state of being unwise or imprudent, often resulting in negative consequences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Follies

    of Folly

Wikidata

  1. Follies

    Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. The story concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre, scheduled for demolition, of the past performers of the "Weismann's Follies," a musical revue, that played in that theatre between the World Wars. It focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone, who are attending the reunion. Sally and Phyllis were showgirls in the Follies. Both couples are deeply unhappy with their marriages. Buddy, a traveling salesman, is having an affair with a girl on the road; Sally is still as much in love with Ben as she was years ago; and Ben is so self-absorbed that Phyllis feels emotionally abandoned. Several of the former showgirls perform their old numbers, sometimes accompanied by the ghosts of their former selves. The Broadway production opened on April 4, 1971, directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, and with choreography by Bennett. The musical was nominated for eleven Tony Awards and won seven. The original production, which ultimately lost its entire investment, ran for 522 performances. The piece has enjoyed a number of major revivals, and several of its songs have become standards, including "Broadway Baby", "I'm Still Here", "Too Many Mornings", "Could I Leave You?", and "Losing My Mind".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of follies in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of follies in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of follies in a Sentence

  1. Luigi Di Maio:

    Either we get into our heads that we have to start again quickly ... or else future generations will bemoan the follies of politicians who were fighting over (cabinet) seats rather than thinking about Italy’s problems.

  2. Homer:

    By their own follies they perished, the fools.

  3. Jerome K. Jerome:

    It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.

  4. Izaak Walton:

    So long as thou are ignorant be not ashamed to learn. Ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities, and when justified, the chiefest of all follies.

  5. Homer:

    Look now how mortals are blaming the gods, for they say that evils come from us, but in fact they themselves have woes beyond their share because of their own follies.

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