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More casting of Kennedy Center's "Follies"

By Peter Marks

The cast of the Kennedy Center's "Follies" is starting to fill out, with the disclosure this morning of the signing of several more actors to the $6 million revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical, now scheduled to run this spring from May 7 to June 19.

Bernadette Peters had already been announced in the role of Sally Durant Plummer, the former showgirl stuck in a marriage to the unfaithful Buddy. Opposite Peters in one of the show's other marquee parts, the Kennedy Center says, will be Jan Maxwell, portraying Phyllis Rogers Stone, the other ex-showgirl around whom the 1971 musical revolves.

Actresses Linda Lavin, Elaine Paige, Terri White, the cabaret entrepreneur Regine and the opera singer Rosalind Elias will also play some of the most prominent former members of the fictional Weismann Follies, who gather in a broken-down theater for a reunion. Also in the cast will be Susan Watson, Florence Lacey, Terrence Currier and David Sabin.

The Kennedy Center has yet to name the musical's two leading men, who play the husbands of Peters's Sally and Maxwell's Phyllis.

The selection of Maxwell--nominated for two Tonys last season for her work in revivals of "The Royal Family" and "Lend Me a Tenor"--promises acting heft in a formidable part. Lavin, Paige and White will sing some of the musical's most beloved numbers: Lavin's character sings the nostalgic "Broadway Baby"; Paige gets the seismic "I'm Still Here" and White leads the swinging "Who's That Woman?"

Eric Schaeffer will direct and Warren Carlyle will choreograph the musical in the center's Eisenhower Theater. The run was originally supposed to end June 5, but has been extended for two additional weeks. Tickets go on sale at noon on Jan. 30. Call 202-467-4600 or visit www.kennedy-center.org.

By Peter Marks  | October 27, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Peter Marks, Theater  | Tags:  Follies Kennedy Center Stephen Sondheim James Goldman  
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