Follies: initial casting and dates announced

Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein and Ron Raines will reprise their roles in the Broadway transfer of the Kennedy Center's all-new production ofthe Tony Award-winning musical Follies, directed by Eric Schaeffer, with choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by James Moore.

The Broadway transfer will open at the Marquis Theatre on 12 Sep 2011, following previews from 8 Aug 2011, for an open run, that will initially book through to 30 Dec 2011, when tickets go on sale to the general public on 5 Jul 2011.

The $7.3 million production, with book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, recently played a six-week run in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater from 7 May 2011 through to 19 Jun 2011.

With a 28 piece orchestra, Follies will feature a cast of 41 and star two-time Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters as 'Sally Durant Plummer,' four-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell as 'Phyllis Rogers Stone,' two-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as 'Buddy Plummer' and three-time Emmy Award nominee Ron Raines as 'Benjamin Stone.' Other members of the Broadway company will be announced shortly.

British musical star Elaine Paige starred as 'Carlotta Campion' when the show played at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater. It is not known if Elaine Paige will reprise her role for New York audiences.

Follies 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.

When former members of the "Weismann Follies" reunite on the eve of their theater's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing of their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theater brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad.

The score contains the songs as "Broadway Baby," "I'm Still Here," "Too Many Mornings," "Could I Leave You?" and "Losing My Mind."

Originally produced on Broadway by Harold Prince with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, Follies opened on 4 Apr 1971 starring Dorothy Collins, John McMartin, Gene Nelson, and Alexis Smith. It ran for 522 performances at the Winter Garden Theatre and received seven Tony Awards, including Best Original Score.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, David M. Rubenstein, chairman, Michael M. Kaiser, president, is America's living memorial to President Kennedy. It is the nation's busiest performing arts facility and annually hosts approximately 2,000 performances for audiences totaling nearly two million; Center-related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts welcome 40 million more.

In 2009, the Kennedy Center production of 'Ragtime' featuring direction by Marcia Milgrom Dodge transferred to Broadway. Last year, the Kennedy Center mounted Terrence McNally's 'Master Class' starring Tyne Daly, who is currently reprising the role at Manhattan Theatre Club under the direction of Stephen Wadsworth, who also directed the Kennedy Center production.

Bernadette Peters in Follies

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