Kennedy Center Follies Recasting a Few Roles Prior to NYC; Rosalind Elias Will Play Broadway

News   Kennedy Center Follies Recasting a Few Roles Prior to NYC; Rosalind Elias Will Play Broadway
 
When the Kennedy Center's critically acclaimed production of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical Follies arrives at Broadway's Marquis Theatre toward the end of the summer, it will feature a few new faces.

According to an Equity casting notice, three roles are currently available, including Solange La Fitte, Hattie Walker and Theodore Whitman; these roles were played in Washington, DC, by respectively, Régine, Linda Lavin and Terrence Currier.

Although the casting notice said that the part of Heidi Schiller was being recast, that is not the case. Rosalind Elias will indeed be reprising her Heidi for Broadway audiences, according to the actress' agent.

Rehearsals, according to a revised casting notice, will begin in New York July 5.

Dates, Broadway casting and ticket information for the New York engagement will be announced soon.

The starry $7.3 million Kennedy Center production was headed by two-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.  The production also boasted Terrence Currier as Theodore Whitman, Christian Delcroix as Young Buddy, Rosalind Elias as Heidi Schiller, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Dee Dee West, Lora Lee Gayer as Young Sally, Michael Hayes as Roscoe, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Linda Lavin as Hattie Walker, Régine as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Kirsten Scott as Young Phyllis, Frederick Strother as Max Deems, Nick Verina as Young Ben, Susan Watson as Emily Whitman and Terri White as Stella Deems.

Rounding out the ensemble were Lawrence Alexander, Brandon Bieber, John Carroll, Sara Edwards, Leslie Flesner (Young Dee Dee), Jenifer Foote (Young Hattie), Leah Horowitz (Young Heidi), Suzanne Hylenski (Young Solange), Danielle Jordan, Joe Kolinski, Amanda Larsen, Brittany Marcin, Edrie Means, Erin Moore (Young Stella), Pamela Otterson (Young Carlotta), Clifton Samuels, Kiira Schmidt (Young Sandra), Brian Shepard, Sam Strasfeld, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater.

Jan Maxwell talks about her Follies experience in Playbill.com's May 6 Diva Talk column.

 

Jan Maxwell
photo by Joan Marcus

Signature Theatre artistic director Eric Schaeffer directed the classic musical with choreography by Warren Carlyle (Finian's Rainbow).

James Moore served as music director and conducts the 28-piece Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

The production also featured scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Kai Harada. The musical utilizes Jonathan Tunick's original orchestrations.

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."

Danny Burstein (center) with Jenifer Foote and Kiira Schmidt
Danny Burstein (center) with Jenifer Foote and Kiira Schmidt Photo by Joan Marcus
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