Actresses reprise roles on Broadway
Bernadette Peters and Jan Maxwell will reprise their lead roles in the Broadway transfer of the Kennedy Center’s revival of “Follies,” which also will star returning thesps Danny Burstein and Ron Raines.
Although not all the actors in the cast of the recently shuttered D.C. production will make the move, it was generally expected that topliners Peters and Maxwell, playing two former showgirls who performed together in a legit follies troupe, would make the jump. The two actresses are both Main Stem faves, and Peters has long been associated with the work of “Follies” composer Stephen Sondheim, most recently playing a stint in the 2009 revival of “A Little Night Music.”
Burstein (“South Pacific”) and Raines (“Guiding Light”) will again play the husbands of the women. Replacement casting remains to be nailed down for members of the D.C. cast including Linda Lavin, who’ll spend the fall performing in a new play Off Broadway.
The 1971 Sondheim musical, with a book by James Goldman, centers on the reunion of the showgirls the night before their old theater is demolished, and the memories the meeting conjures. Eric Schaeffer (“Million Dollar Quartet”) helms with choreography by Warren Carlyle (“Finian’s Rainbow”).
Design team includes Derek McLane (sets), Gregg Barnes (costumes), Natasha Katz (lights) and Kai Harada (sound), all collaborators on the Washington staging.
“Follies” closed its limited D.C. engagement June 19. Broadway incarnation, also produced by the Kennedy Center, begins previews Aug. 7 ahead of a Sept. 12 opening at the Marquis Theater.