We remember Polly Bergen

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by Todd Haimes

Roundabout mourns the loss of our dear friend, Polly Bergen.

Polly’s career spanned several decades, but I had the privilege of getting to know her back in 2001, when she took on the role of Carlotta Campion in our revival of Follies. Watching her perform Sondheim’s great anthem, “I’m Still Here,” every night was always breathtaking.

Polly Bergen in Follies, 2001.

Polly Bergen in Follies, 2001.

A true showbiz creature, Polly had done it all, and the words rang true as she sang them out. She would later return to us as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, once again bringing the wisdom of her experience to her onstage role.

Polly Bergen in Cabaret, 2002.

Polly Bergen in Cabaret, 2002.


Offstage, she was a committed lover of the theatre, joining Roundabout’s Leadership Council so she could have a role in shaping our future. She was a real talent and a wonderful supporter of the arts that she loved. Polly will be missed by all of us in the Roundabout family.

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