Production sources report that Larry Keith will not be in the Roundabout revival of Follies, as previously reported, due to a scheduling conflict. The role of Dimitri Weismann has not been cast at this time.
As indicated earlier, Roundabout Theatre Company has extended the run of its revival of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's Follies through Sept. 30. The show’s website (www.folliesonbroadway.com) indicates the extension, and Telecharge confirms that it is selling seats through Sept. 29. Ironically, there had been no previous announcement of a firm closing date for the popular and widely anticipated revival.
Follies will star Blythe Danner, Gregory Harrison, Judith Ivey and Treat Williams. Also confirmed in the cast are Polly Bergen, Marge Champion, Betty Garrett, Larry Keith, Joan Roberts, Donald Saddler and Carol Woods.
Directed by Matthew Warchus (Art, True West) and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall (Kiss Me Kate) Follies will begin previews at the Belasco Theatre on March 8, 2001. The official press opening is scheduled for April 5.
According to production sources, the cast of Follies breaks down as follows: Blythe Danner (Phyllis Rogers Stone), Gregory Harrison (Ben Stone), Judith Ivey (Sally Durant Plummer) and Treat Williams (Buddy Plummer). Also featured are Polly Bergen (Carlotta Campion), Marge Champion (Emily Whitman), Betty Garrett (Hattie Walker), Joan Roberts (Heidi Schiller), Donald Saddler (Theodore Whitman) and Carol Woods (Stella Deems). The creative team for the show comprises set designer Mark Thompson, costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge, lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, sound designer Jonathan Deans, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and musical direction by Eric Stern. Frank Scardino is the show's executive producer.
A musical favorite, Follies will be staged at the Belasco where the crumbling Weismann Theatre will be recreated in a fashion representing “the eve of its demolition.” There, ghosts and showgirls from the theatre's legendary past reunite and reflect on their lives. When Follies opened at the Winter Garden on April 4, 1971 the production was directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, with choreography by Bennett. Follies earned seven 1972 Tony Awards and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.
Tickets range $45-$90 and are now available through Telecharge at (212) 239-6200. The Belasco Theatre box office, located at 111 W. 44 St., will open on January 22. For additional information visit www.folliesonbroadway.com or www.roundabouttheatre.org.