Guess what, New York? You might be kind enough to sporadically send us your touring Broadway productions (unfortunately, usually without the big, Tony-winning names who have episodes of Glee to shoot), but we’re more than able to return the favor. The Kennedy Center announced today that its star-studded production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies is transferring to Broadway in the not-so-distant future.
Follies was the Kennedy Center’s biggest homegrown production to date, with a $7.3 million budget and a sterling cast, including Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Elaine Paige, and Linda Lavin. The legendary musical, which features a troupe of past-their-prime showgirls returning to the Weismann Follies cabaret of their youth, received rave reviews from most publications, including the Post’s Peter Marks, Washingtonian's own Leslie Milk, and even the New York Times’ Ben Brantley, who deigned to make a special trip for the show. Signature Theatre’s Eric Schaeffer will accompany the show to New York’s Marquis Theatre for its limited engagement (dates are yet to be confirmed). In case anyone’s keeping score, this is the second production Washington has sent to New York this season, following Arena Stage and Steppenwolf’s outstanding production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf earlier in the spring.
The Times has a bit more on casting and financing, both of which are somewhat fuzzy just yet.