The Kennedy Center's critically acclaimed Broadway production of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award®-winning musical Follies will transfer to the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles for six weeks, and as BroadwayWorld reported last month, Bernadette Peters will not continue on with the rest of the cast for the transfer of the production.
Now, we have confirmed that Tony winner Victoria Clark will take over the role of Sally in her place. Also now officially confirmed to transfer with the production are co-stars Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Elaine Paige. Announcements regarding the rest of the cast are expected shortly.
The limited enagement will play May 3 through June 9, 2012. The opening is scheduled for May 9. The current Broadway run at the Marquis Theatre will play through January 22, 2012.
Clark's stage work includes roles in the Broadway musicals Sunday in the Park with George (1985), Guys and Dolls (1992-93), A Grand Night for Singing (1993-94), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995-96, as Smitty), Titanic (1997-99, creating the role of Alice Beane), Cabaret (1999-2000, as Fraulein Kost) and Urinetown (2003, as Penelope Pennywise), as well as numerous roles off-Broadway, in national tours and in regional theatre.
In 2005, Clark won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Joseph Jefferson Award for her performance in the musical The Light in the Piazza (2005-06). She most recently played the Mother Superior in the Broadway production of Sister Act, for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
With book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, "Follies" is directed by Eric Schaeffer with choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by James Moore.
The production features scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Kai Harada and the original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.
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.
When former members of the "Weismann Follies" reunite on the eve of their theatre's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing about their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theatre brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad. Containing such well-known songs as "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "Could I Leave You?" and "Losing My Mind," "Follies" echoes the songs, exuberance and romance of the vaudeville days between the two World Wars.
Originally produced on Broadway by Harold Prince with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, "Follies" opened on April 4, 1971, and starred Dorothy Collins, John McMartin, Gene Nelson and Alexis Smith. It ran for 522 performances in the Winter Garden Theatre and received seven Tony Awards®, including Best Original Score. The current Broadway run at the Marquis Theatre opened to critical acclaim September 12 after 38 preview performances. Prior to its Broadway run, the revival production played a highly successful six-week run in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater from May 7 to June 19, 2011.