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The leading men of "Follies" are now in place

By Peter Marks

The Kennedy Center's forthcoming "Follies" has its male leads. Broadway actor Danny Burstein and daytime soap star Ron Raines will tackle the roles handled respectively by Gene Nelson and John McMartin in the original 1971 production of this seminal Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical.

Burstein will play Buddy Plummer (married to Bernadette Peters's Sally) and Raines is cast as Benjamin Stone (husband of Jan Maxwell's Phyllis). Burstein was Luther Billis in Lincoln Center Theater's hugely successful revival of "South Pacific." (The touring version comes to the Kennedy Center next month.) He's currently appearing in the new Broadway musical, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

Raines is best known for his long running role on "The Guiding Light." He's appeared on Broadway in "Chicago" and "Show Boat." His bio also notes that he's been in five productions of Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's "A Little Night Music" opposite the Desirees of Christine Ebersole, Amy Irving, Mary Beth Peil, Leslie Uggams and Cleo Laine.

The casting of Burstein and Raines completes the filling of principle roles in the show, which is scheduled to run in the Eisenhower Theater from May 7 to June 19. Tickets go on sale at noon on Jan. 30.

By Peter Marks  | November 16, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Peter Marks, Theater  | Tags:  Follies Kennedy Center Sondheim  
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