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Kennedy Center Production of Stephen Sondheim's FOLLIES to Move to Broadway This Summer

THE KENNEDY CENTER PRODUCTION OF

JAMES GOLDMAN STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S

TONY-AWARD WINNING MUSICAL

FOLLIES

TO MAKE BROADWAY TRANSFER

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT AT THE MARQUIS THEATRE

PERFORMANCES BEGIN THIS SUMMER

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Kennedy Center’s all-new, critically-acclaimed production of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’sTony Award® winning musical FOLLIES will transfer to Broadway this summer. FOLLIES will play at limited engagement at the Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway). Dates, Broadway casting and ticket information will be announced soon.

The $7.3 million production, with book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is currently in its final sold-out week in a highly successful six-week run in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater through June 19. The musical features a cast of 41 and is directed by Eric Schaeffer with choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by James Moore, who also conducts the 28-piece Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

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. 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 starring 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.

Principal casting in Washington, D.C. includes Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone, and Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion. The production at the Kennedy Center also stars Terrence Currier as Theodore Whitman, Christian Delcroix as Young Buddy, Rosalind Elias as Heidi Schiller, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Dee Dee West, Lora Lee Gayer as Young Sally, Michael Hayes as Roscoe, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Linda Lavinas Hattie Walker, Régine as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Kirsten Scott as Young Phyllis, Frederick Strother as Max Deems, Nick Verina as Young Ben, Susan Watson as Emily Whitman and Terri White as Stella Deems. Rounding out the ensemble isLawrence Alexander, Brandon Bieber, John Carroll, Sara Edwards, Leslie Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Leah Horowitz, Suzanne Hylenski, Danielle Jordan, Joseph Kolinski, Amanda Larsen, Brittany Marcin, Edrie Means, Erin Moore, Pamela Otterson, Clifton Samuels, Kiira Schmidt, Brian Shepard, Sam Strasfeld, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater.

The Kennedy Center 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.

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. Now in its 40th season, the Center presents performances of music, dance, and theater; supports artists in the creation of new work; and serves the nation as a leader in arts education. The Center has produced and co-produced Annie and the American premiere of Les Misérables. The Center also produced the Sondheim Celebration (six Stephen Sondheim musicals) in 2002, August Wilson’s 20th Century (the playwright’s complete ten-play cycle) in 2008. 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.

FUNDING CREDITS FOR THE WASHINGTON, D.C. PERFORMANCES:

FOLLIES is made possible through the generosity of

The Adrienne Arsht Musical Theater Fund.

Major Support is provided by The Shen Family Foundation, Perry and Marty Granoff, and the HRH Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation.

For information, photos, videos, and other related information about the Kennedy Center production of Follies, please visitwww.folliesdc.com or www.kennedy-center.org.

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