Kennedy Center’s Follies Will Transfer to Broadway

Hold on to your hats theatre lovers! In the heat of Summer, things on Broadway just got a little bit hotter. The critically acclaimed production of Follies, which closes today at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., will transfer to Broadway later this summer for a limited engagement at the Marquis Theatre.

Follies features songs by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Goldman. The production originally opened on Broadway in 1971. The production has received much attention since its very first day. The production had a concert version of it done at Lincoln Center in 1985 which was star filled. Roundabout Theatre Company also revived the production for a short while in 2001. And then production was featured in the Encores! series in 2007. Follies is no stranger to the theatre scene especially in New York. The current production at The Kennedy Center is directed by Eric Schaeffer and features choreography by Warren Carlyle.

Follies has been described in the following way from it’s producers:

“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.”

The production which launched at The Kennedy Center on May 7th will close today at the Kennedy Center, June 19th, and head for Broadway. No Broadway dates, casting or ticket information has been announced. The production at the Kennedy Center rings in at a total of $7.3 million dollars. And there is definitely not shortage of names in this production.

Leading it all is two time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer. Four time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell is featured as Phyllis Rogers Stone.Two time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein can be seen as Buddy Plummer. Rounding out the leads are Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion

The production features a 28 piece orchestra and it is believed that will carry over to the Broadway production. The production has not announced any dates but it is believed it will run through the Holiday season. No contract talks with the current actors have begun. It shall be interesting to see what from this current production will carry over into Follies new Broadway life.

Luner on Theatre will keep you up to date on all the upcoming news about Follies return to Broadway.  Ranging from ticket information to dates to casting, you will find it here! For the official website of Follies currently, check out The Kennedy Center’s Website. And stay tuned to Luner on Theatre for all the Broadway news you need and more as our Summer 2011 theatre coverage continues!

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