By Adam Hetrick
24 Jan 2012
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Follies arrived on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre following a run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, early last summer. It featured a roster of Broadway stand-outs including Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines, Elaine Paige, Terri White and Rosaliand Elias.
Kennedy Center president Kaiser his article on the Huffington Post that while Follies did not pay off its investment, it had done better financially than anticipated during its 189-performance run. It was always billed as limited engagement. The New York Times reported that Follies was capitalized at $5.5 million.
According to Kaiser, the Broadway transfer also brought widespread visibility to the Kennedy Center. "Follies is representative of the large-scale, ambitious, risky project that arts organizations need to produce if they are to capture the imagination of new and diverse funders and audience members," he wrote.
The Kennedy Center production of Follies will play the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles May 3-June 9. Tony Award winner Victoria Clark will succeed Peters, who will not be part of the Los Angeles company. The only cast members confirmed for the West Coast engagement at this time are Maxwell, Burstein, Raines and Paige.
The revival follows in the footsteps of the original production of Follies, which opened the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles following its Broadway run in 1972 with the original principal cast.
PS Classics recorded the two-disc Broadway revival cast album.