In news that will surprise absolutely no one, the Kennedy Center’s star-packed $7.3 million production of Follies will transfer to Broadway this summer for a limited engagement, the Kennedy Center announced today. Dates for Follies‘ run at New York’s Marquis Theatre will be announced soon, the press release promises.
The Stephen Sondheim/James Goldman musical—-directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer and featuring Bernadette Peters, Linda Lavin, Elaine Page, Rosalind Elias, Jan Maxwell, and Régine—-is in its final week of D.C. performances. Reviews have been mixed to ecstatic. Washington City Paper‘s Trey Graham had a few reservations—-the production is a little too in love with Peters, he wrote, and not every casting decision works—-but for the most part he was charmed. And damn is this production a looker:
Schaeffer has always had an eye for imagery, and the spacious oddity that is Follies gives him plenty of opportunity for picture-making. The showgirl ghosts who famously haunt that crumbling theater drift constantly through the assembled partygoers, languid Erté chorines in some remembered halflight heyday. After intermission, when the story swoons into the Technicolor hallucinations of what’s called the Loveland sequence, the Eisenhower stage is suddenly a rose-colored sea of beads and bangles and tulle.
Want to see Follies before it leaves town? Ooph. Every remaining show is sold out.