Randy Graff is the latest name to be added to the Kennedy Center's star studded look at six Stephen Sondheim musicals this summer, a spokesman for the center confirmed. She will play Charlotte in A Little Night Music, directed by Mark Brokaw. Already announced for this production are Barbara Bryne as Madame Armfeldt, Natascia Diaz as Petra and Danny Gurwin as Henrik.
Graff was last seen on Broadway singing "The Next Best Thing to Love" in A Class Act, a role which won her a Tony nomination, her first since winning the Tony for City of Angels. Other credits include the original New York Fantine in Les Miserables, High Society and Laughter on the 23rd Floor.
The Kennedy Center's Sondheim Celebration, an unprecedented festival of works devoted to one American musical theatre composer, offers Company, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Passion, Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along. The series begins May 10 with the first performance of Sweeney Todd. The previously announced stars of Sweeney are Christine Baranski and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Individual tickets go on sale Feb. 11.
Also announced for the shows are Christy Baron (Susan in Company), Matt Bogart (Paul in company), Esapraza (as Charley in Merrily We Roll Along, as well at the title role in Sunday in the Park With George), Rebecca Luker (Clara in Passion), Michael McGrath (Joe in Merrily We Roll Along), Donna Migliaccio (the Nurse in Sunday in the Park With George), Keira Naughton (Sarah in Company), Alice Ripley (Amy in Company), Miriam Shor (Mary in Merrily We Roll Along), Emily Skinner (Jenny in Company) and Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along). Eric Schaeffer serves as artistic director for the festival, Kay Cameron is musical director, Max Woodward is producer. Single tickets range $20 $79. For information, call (202) 467 4600.
— By Kenneth Jones