Although the Kennedy Center’s highly regarded revival of “Follies” closes on Broadway on Jan. 22 after a 4 ½-month run, the production isn’t going into retirement just yet.
Los Angeles’s Center Theatre Group, the nonprofit organization that runs the Ahmanson Theatre, announced Tuesday that the Broadway production will be re-mounted there from May 3 to June 9.
The revival of the revival is unusual, in that the normal life cycle of a Broadway show ends with its closing performance. Productions that make their way to the road tend to do so with mostly new casts. But Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, where “Follies” began in May, said that while no casting has been confirmed, the hope is that many of the Broadway cast members will re-up for the monthlong Los Angeles engagement.
The $7.3 million revival by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman, directed by Eric Schaeffer and starring Bernadette Peters, Jan Maxwell, Elaine Paige, Ron Raines, Danny Burstein, Terri White and Jayne Houdyshell, was considered a risk for Broadway, given its fairly dark view of marriage and the sardonic light it casts on the lives of a group of ex-Follies girls, gathered for a reunion in a theater that’s about to be demolished. In multiple mountings on Broadway the critically admired show has never been a financial success.