Broadway Revival of Follies Will Play L.A.'s Ahmanson in May 2012

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06 Dec 2011

Ron Raines and Bernadette Peters in <i>Follies</i>.
Ron Raines and Bernadette Peters in Follies.
Joan Marcus

The critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's Follies, which began life at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has at least one more stop on its journey: Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

The production, which will conclude its Broadway run Jan. 22, 2012, at the Marquis Theatre, will play the California venue six weeks only, May 3-June 9, 2012. The opening is scheduled for May 9.

"We are tremendously proud to bring the Kennedy Center’s lush Broadway production of Follies to the Ahmanson," said Michael Ritchie, CTG artistic director, in a statement. “It is a coup for CTG to get it and a gift for Los Angeles audiences to receive it.

“With changes in the Ahmanson schedule, both the postponement of Funny Girl and the re-scheduling of Fela! to a December – January presentation, the timing was perfect for us to present this acclaimed production in the spring.

“We are currently in discussions to bring members of the Broadway cast to L.A. and will confirm the casting as soon as negotiations are completed.”



Follies, which won the 1971 Tony Award for Best Score, has a book by Goldman and music and lyrics by Sondheim.

The Kennedy Center revival now at Broadway's Marquis Theatre first appeared at the Center's Eisenhower Theater in Washington, DC, May 7-June 19. It opened at the Marquis on Sept. 12.

Eric Schaeffer directs (and Warren Carlyle choreographs) a cast that includes two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, Ron Raines as Ben Stone, Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion, Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, and more.

James Moore serves as music director and conducts the 28-piece orchestra. Jonathan Tunick’s original orchestrations are being employed for the production. The original cast album severely truncated the ambitious score.

Follies was originally co-directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett on Broadway in 1971. Since then, it has received a legendary star-filled concert at Lincoln Center in 1985 (preserved on recording), a Roundabout revival on Broadway directed by Matthew Warchus in 2001 (not recorded), a City Center Encores! production in 2007 (not recorded) and numerous regional mountings, including a Paper Mill Playhouse engagement that featured Donna McKechnie and the late Ann Miller (preserved on a cast album). The original cast recording and a London cast recording that includes songs written for that run are also on the market.

PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, released the new two-disc set Broadway cast album of Follies Nov. 29. To purchase the recording, click here.

Follies concerns a group of former "Follies" stars who return to the site of their former glory, the Weismann Theatre, which is about to be demolished. Old wounds resurface as two Follies stars (Phyllis and Sally) and their husbands (Benjamin and Buddy) reassess their lives and what could have been.

Among the show's songs are "Beautiful Girls," "Don't Look at Me," "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs," "Rain on the Roof," "Ah, Paris!," "Broadway Baby," "The Road You Didn't Take," "In Buddy's Eyes," "Who's That Woman?," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "The Right Girl," "One More Kiss," "Could I Leave You?," "Loveland," "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow," "Love Will See Us Through," "The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues," "Losing My Mind," "The Story of Lucie and Jessie" and "Live, Laugh, Love."

The company also includes Don Correia as Theodore Whitman, Christian Delcroix as Young Buddy, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Rosalind Elias as Heidi Schiller, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Dee Dee West, Lora Lee Gayer as Young Sally, Michael Hayes as Roscoe, Leah Horowitz as Young Heidi, Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell as Hattie Walker, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Kirsten Scott as Young Phyllis, Frederick Strother as Max Deems, Nick Verina as Young Ben, Tony Award nominee Susan Watson as Emily Whitman and Terri White as Stella Deems.

Follies is produced on Broadway by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, Chairman; Michael M. Kaiser, President; Max Woodward, Vice President); Nederlander Presentations, Inc.; Adrienne Arsht; HRH Foundation, Sponsor; Allan Williams, Executive Producer.

Tickets for Follies for the Ahmanson Theatre engagement will go on sale in January. Any CTG patron who is currently holding tickets for Funny Girl will be re-issued new tickets for Follies. For further information, visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Follies or call (213) 972-4400.

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