Ron Raines Goes Behind the Scenes of Kennedy Center's Follies (Video)

PlayBlog   Ron Raines Goes Behind the Scenes of Kennedy Center's Follies (Video)
 
The star-studded production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies officially opened at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts May 21 following previews that began May 7.


Ron Raines (Chicago, Teddy & Alice, Show Boat) stars as Benjamin Stone in the production that includes 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 and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.

Follies, according to Kennedy Center, "is a bittersweet look at the follies of youth seen through the eyes of age and experience. When former members of the 'Weismann's Follies' reunite on the eve of their theater's demolition, two couples remember their glorious past and face the harsher realities of the present. In the crumbling glamour of the theater, the shadows of their younger selves remind them of the complicated steps they've danced—both on the stage and throughout their lives."

Here, Raines goes "Behind the Curtain" (for a Kennedy Center-produced video) to talk about his character, the themes of Follies and where his love for musical theatre began. He also offers a glimpse into the rehearsal process of his second act number, "Live, Laugh, Love."

To check out Raines in action, look below:


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