Follies Star Rosalind Elias Will Not Play Los Angeles Engagement

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Grammy winner Rosalind Elias, who plays Heidi Schiller in the Kennedy Center's current Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies, will not re-create that role when the production plays Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre May 3-June 9, according to a spokesperson for the singing actress.

Rosalind Elias
Rosalind Elias Photo by Joan Marcus

Elias, the veteran opera performer who is making her Broadway debut in Follies, performs the duet "One More Kiss" with Leah Horowitz. Casting for Elias' role for the Los Angeles engagement has yet to be announced.

As previously reported, Los Angeles audiences will get to see the performances of Tony winner Victoria Clark as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.

Additional casting will be announced at a later time.

Follies, which won the 1971 Tony Award for Best Score, has a book by Goldman and music and lyrics by Sondheim.

The Kennedy Center revival now at Broadway's Marquis Theatre first appeared at the Center's Eisenhower Theater in Washington, DC, May 7-June 19, 2011. It opened at the Marquis on Sept. 12, 2011; the final Broadway performance is scheduled for Jan. 22. Eric Schaeffer directs and Warren Carlyle choreographs. James Moore serves as music director and conducts the 28-piece orchestra. Jonathan Tunick’s original orchestrations are being employed for the production. 

Follies was originally co-directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett on Broadway in 1971. Since then, it has received a legendary star-filled concert at Lincoln Center in 1985 (preserved on recording), a Roundabout revival on Broadway directed by Matthew Warchus in 2001 (not recorded), a City Center Encores! production in 2007 (not recorded) and numerous regional mountings, including a Paper Mill Playhouse engagement that featured Donna McKechnie and the late Ann Miller (preserved on a cast album). The original cast recording and a London cast recording that includes songs written for that run are also on the market.

PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, released the new two-disc set Broadway cast album of Follies Nov. 29. To purchase the recording, click here.

Follies concerns a group of former "Follies" stars who return to the site of their former glory, the Weismann Theatre, which is about to be demolished. Old wounds resurface as two Follies stars (Phyllis and Sally) and their husbands (Benjamin and Buddy) reassess their lives and what could have been.

Among the show's songs are "Beautiful Girls," "Don't Look at Me," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Rain on the Roof," "Ah, Paris!," "Broadway Baby," "The Road You Didn't Take," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Who's That Woman?," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "The Right Girl," "One More Kiss," "Could I Leave You?," "Loveland," "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow," "Love Will See Us Through," "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues," "Losing My Mind," "The Story of Lucie and Jessie" and "Live, Laugh, Love."

Follies is produced on Broadway by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, Chairman; Michael M. Kaiser, President; Max Woodward, Vice President); Nederlander Presentations, Inc.; Adrienne Arsht; HRH Foundation, Sponsor; Allan Williams, Executive Producer.

For ticket information visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Follies or call (213) 972-4400.

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As previously reported, Bernadette Peters will not transfer with the musical in order to fulfill her concert engagements, which she had previously postponed in order to play the Broadway run of Follies.

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