Elaine Paige and Linda Lavin cast in Kennedy Center's Follies

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 27, 2010 11:19 AM |
elaine paige as grizzabella

The Kennedy Center just dropped an additional casting announcement for their upcoming spring revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Of course, the biggest news here is the addition of the legendary British belter Elaine Paige -- the original Eva Peron in Evita and the original Grizabella in Cats -- and the extraordinary Linda Lavin to the cast. But from our locally-trained eyes, the addition of Terrence Currier (long time ago a mainstay at Arena Stage and a member of the cast of the ill-fated Annie 2, and David Sabin (a longtime Shakespeare Theatre Company favorite) ain't nothin' to sneeze at. Of course, you all already know Bernadette Peters is starring in the production. If nothing else, the revival is shaping up to be pure bliss for theater lovers everywhere. Here's the announcement as it came in over the transom:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced additional casting and a two week extension for its revival production of Follies. The musical will feature Terrence Currier as Theodore Whitman, Rosalind Elias as Heidi Schiller, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Linda Lavin as Hattie Walker, Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion, RĂ©gine as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Susan Watson as Emily Whitman and Terri White as Stella Deems joining previously announced Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer. The production has been extended two weeks and will now run May 7 to June 19, 2011 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Follies features a book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and will be directed by Eric Schaeffer with choreography by Warren Carlyle. James Moore will serve as music director and will conduct the 28-piece Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Tickets will go on sale January 30, 2011 at 12 p.m.
Here's a sampling of what Ms. Paige is capable of:

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