Follies to Play Kennedy Center in Upcoming Season

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Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser announced March 2 that the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical Follies will be part of the venue's 2010-2011 season.
Eric Schaeffer and Warren Carlyle
Eric Schaeffer and Warren Carlyle Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Signature Theatre artistic director Eric Schaeffer will direct the classic musical with choreography by Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow). Performance dates are May 7-June 5, 2011, in the Eisenhower Theater. Casting has yet to be announced.

Additional season details are expected shortly.

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.

Follies, with songs by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Goldman, was originally directed by Harold Prince on Broadway in 1971. Since then, it has received a legendary star-filled concert at Lincoln Center in 1985, a Roundabout revival on Broadway directed by Matthew Warchus in 2001, a City Center Encores! production in 2007 and numerous regional mountings, including a Paper Mill Playhouse engagement that featured Donna McKechnie and the late Ann Miller.

Among the show's many song titles 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," "Bolero d'Amour," "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."

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