The singer-actress, most recently on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Nine, will play Heidi in the staging of the Stephen Sondheim musical, which begins performances June 23 at the Massachusetts theatre. Nixon joins the previously announced Karen Ziemba (as Sally), Donna McKechnie (as Carlotta), Jeff McCarthy (as Ben), Leslie Denniston (as Phyllis) and Lara Teeter. Other recent cast additions include Eric Ulloa (Young Ben), John Patrick (Young Buddy), Nili Bassman (Young Phyllis), Elise Molinelli (Young Sally), Diane Findley (Stella), Diane Houghton (Hattie), Gordon Stanley (Dmitri), Natalie Mosco (Emily Whitman) and David Young (Theodore Whitman).
Directed by Julianne Boyd, Follies — in celebration of Sondheim's 75th birthday — will play through July 16.
Follies, which was revived on Broadway in 2001 with a cast led by Judith Ivey, Blythe Danner, Treat Williams, Gregory Harrison and Polly Bergen, is set in a dilapidated theatre about to be torn down and features a book by James Goldman. The musical premiered at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre in April 1971 with a score that boasts such tunes as "Beautiful Girls," "Broadway Baby," "In Buddy's Eyes," "I'm Still Here," "Could I Leave You?," "Losing My Mind" and "Who's That Woman?" Among the original cast were Dick Latessa, Alexis Smith, Yvonne De Carlo, John McMartin, Gene Nelson and Dorothy Collins.
The Barrington season will continue with The Importance of Being Earnest (July 21-Aug. 7) and William Finn's Elegies: A Song Cycle (Aug. 11-28). Visit www.barringtonstageco.org for more information.
The Barrington Stage Company is located within the Consolati Performing Arts Center at 491 Berkshire School Road. The box office can be reached by calling (413) 528-8888.