Casting is complete for the upcoming Broadway-to-Los Angeles transfer of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s musical Follies. As previously announced, Broadway stars Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Elaine Paige will reprise their Broadway roles in the production, joined by Tony winner Victoria Clark who is replacing Bernadette Peters. Eric Schaeffer will again direct. The production which will run at the Ahmanson Theatre from May 3 through June 9.
Many of the Broadway cast members will reprise their roles in L.A., including Christian Delcroix as Young Buddy, Colleen Fitzpatrick as Dee Dee West, Lora Lee Gayer as Young Sally, Michael Hayes as Roscoe, Leah Horowitz as Young Heidi, Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell as Hattie Walker, Florence Lacey as Sandra Crane, Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil as Solange LaFitte, David Sabin as Dimitri Weismann, Kirsten Scott as Young Phyllis, Frederick Strother as Max Deems, Nick Verina as Young Ben, Tony Award nominee Susan Watson as Emily Whitman and Terri White as Stella Deems. They will be joined by Grammy winner Carol Neblett as Heidi Schiller and Tony winner Sammy Williams as Theodore Whitman.
Rounding out the ensemble are John Carroll, Mathew deGuzman, Sara Edwards, Nathaniel Flatt, Leslie Donna Flesner, Jenifer Foote, Danielle Jordan, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Joseph Kolinski, Joe Komara, Brittany Marcin, Erin N. Moore, Jessica Pariseau, Andrew Pirozzi, Pamela Otterson, Angel Reda, Clifton Samuels, Jessica Sheridan, Becky Elizabeth Stout and Sam Strasfeld.
On the soon-to-be demolished stage of the crumbling Weismann Theatre, a reunion is being held to honor the Weissman Follies and the beautiful showgirls who were once its stars. As two couples remember their pasts and face the harsh realities of the present, the shadows of their younger selves remind them of the complicated steps they've danced, both on the stage and throughout their lives. Featuring a book by Goldman and music and lyrics by Sondheim, Follies contains well-known songs including “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind.” After a summer 2011 engagement at the Kennedy Center, Follies opened on September 12, 2011 at Broadway's Marquis Theatre, where it ended its Broadway run on January 22.