Piazza's Clark to Star in Encores! Follies

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Victoria Clark, who won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance as Margaret Johnson in Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza, will star in the upcoming City Center Encores! production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies.

Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark

Playbill.com has learned that Clark will play former Follies-star Sally Durant Plummer in the staging of the classic musical, which will kick off the 14th season of the Encores! season, playing Feb. 8-11, 2007. No official casting has been announced for the production, which will feature musical direction by Paul Gemignani.

As Sally, Clark will get the chance to wrap her acclaimed soprano around such Sondheim tunes as "Don't Look at Me," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Too Many Mornings" and "Losing My Mind."

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, and numerous regional mountings, including a Paper Mill Playhouse engagement that featured Donna McKechnie and the late Ann Miller. The classic Sondheim score also boasts such tunes as "I'm Still Here," "Broadway Baby," "Could I Leave You?," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs" and "The Road You Didn't Take."

Victoria Clark received a 2005 Tony Award for her performance in The Light in the Piazza. Her other Broadway credits include Cabaret, Urinetown, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls and A Grand Night for Singing. Among Clark's screen credits are "Cradle Will Rock," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Sweeney Todd in Concert." As a director, she recently helmed the 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics & Lyricists" series Serenade in Blue: The Mack Gordon Song Calvacade.

* A full-scale restoration of Face the Music, the 1932 Irving Berlin-Moss Hart musical, will follow Follies, playing March 29-April 1 at City Center. Originally directed by George S. Kaufman, Face the Music concerns "a desperate producer in New York trying to raise the money for his latest revue, Rhinestones of '32." The musical features such Berlin tunes as "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee" and "Soft Lights and Sweet Music." Rob Fisher will be the musical director for the second Encores! offering.

The season will conclude with Stairway to Paradise, an original revue created specially for the Encores! series. Playing May 10-14, the production, according to press notes, will be "a celebration of the very best material from a half century of Broadway revues, and will include numbers and sketches from Florenz Ziegfeld's shows and other legendary musicals and revues of the era." Paul Gemignani will be the musical director for this production as well.

Tickets for the upcoming season are available by visiting the New York City Center box office, which is located on West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues; by calling (212) 581-1212; or by logging on to www.nycitycenter.org. Tickets are priced $25, $50, $90 and $95.

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