McKechnie, Evans, Peterson in Follies in Concert in MI; Complete Cast Announced

News   McKechnie, Evans, Peterson in Follies in Concert in MI; Complete Cast Announced Donna McKechnie will head the cast of Follies in Concert at the Michigan Theater Jan. 4 and 5.Tony Award winner McKechnie will play Carlotta Campion in the Michigan theatre's production of the Stephen Sondheim musical.

McKechnie will get the chance to belt out one of the show's best-known anthems, "I'm Still Here." McKechnie will be joined by Harvey Evans (Buddy Plummer), Kurt Peterson (Ben Stone), Marti Rolph (Sally Durant Plummer) and Virginia Sandifur (Phyllis Roger Stone). Brent Wagner directs the production, which also features musical direction by Bradley Bloom, costume design by Martin Contreras, lighting design by Gregory F. Mazure, sound design by Scott McWhinney and scenic design by Arthur McViccar.

Others in the company include Peter Bauland (Dimitri Weismann), Wendy Bloom (Stella Deems), Julia Broxholm (Hattie Walker), Marisa H. Dickmeyer (Young Sally), Anne Eisendrath (Young Heidi), Brian Hissong (Young Ben), Brynn O'Malley (Young Sally), Deanna Relyea (Solange La Fitte), Martha Sheil (Heidi Schiller), Ingrid Sheldon (Emily Whitman), George Shirley (Roscoe), Toni Trucks (Margie), Malcolm Tulip (Theodore Whitman) and Paul Wyatt (Young Buddy). The chorus comprises Ian Eisendrath, Patricia Garcia, Melissa Geitzen, Helga Hover, Shelley MacMillan, Susan Shipman, Brian Spitulnik, Justin Stoney, Justin Urso and Michael Zahler.

The classic Sondheim musical, which was revived on Broadway in 2001 with a cast led by Judith Ivey, Blythe Danner, Treat Williams, Gregory Harrison and Polly Bergen, is set in a dilapidated theatre about to be torn down and features a book by James Goldman. The musical premiered at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre in April 1971 with a score that boasts such tunes as "Beautiful Girls," "Broadway Baby," "In Buddy's Eyes," "I'm Still Here," "Could I Leave You?," "Losing My Mind" and "Who's That Woman?" Among the original cast were Dick Latessa, Alexis Smith, Yvonne De Carlo, John McMartin, Gene Nelson and Dorothy Collins.

Best known for her Tony-winning performance as Cassie in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line, Donna McKechnie has appeared in a plethora of musicals both on and Off-Broadway, some of which include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Company, State Fair, Can-Can, Annie Get Your Gun, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road, State Fair and Promises, Promises. Her one-woman musical celebration, "Inside the Music," was released on the Fynsworth Alley label and includes such tunes as "Everybody Says Don't," "Where Do You Start?," "Lies of Handsome Men" and "The Music and the Mirror."

Tickets for Follies in Concert are priced between $25 and $45 and are available by calling the League Ticket Office at (734) 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229. For more information, go to www.michtheater.com.