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Clark joins L.A. ‘Follies’

Actress to replace Peters for Ahmanson run

Victoria Clark will take over for Bernadette Peters in the upcoming L.A. run of “Follies,” the tuner revival that will close on Broadway later this month.

Peters exits the show in order to fulfill her prior concert engagements. But the rest of the Main Stem’s principal cast — Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Elaine Paige — will all follow the show to the west coast.

Clark (“Sister Act”), who picked up a Tony for her perf in 2005 tuner “The Light in the Piazza,” will take over the part of Sally, a role she previously played in a 2007 Encores! staging of the 1971 musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman. Storyline centers on a group of former showgirls, including Sally, who reunite prior to the destruction of the theater in which they used to perform.

Helmed by Eric Schaeffer, this production of “Follies” has proven unusually successful for the Kennedy Center, the nonprofit arts org that intitially produced the musical in D.C. last year. Despite earning some tepid notices in Washington, the revival moved to Gotham in the fall, incorporating changes that won over critics when the show opened on Broadway Sept. 12.

Particularly in the weeks following the New York reviews, the tuner has posted unusually strong sales for a musical by Stephen Sondheim, the composer whose challenging, serious fare can sometime have trouble drawing crowds on Broadway.

Production got a third lease on life with its recently skedded L.A. stint. Show heads to the Ahmanson Theater to help fill the gap left in the Center Theater Group sked by the scuttled revival of “Funny Girl.”

“Follies” shutters on Broadway Jan. 22 prior to its run May 3-June 9 at the Ahmanson.

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