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June 15, 2011

Kennedy Center's 'Follies' heading to Broadway for limited run

The Kennedy Center's terrific revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" is heading to Broadway. What is being called a "limited engagement" will open this summer at the Marquis Theatre (dates and casting TBA).

There was quite abuzz about this $7.3 million production before it opened, plenty more afterward. It wraps up a sold-out run in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater on Sunday.

I've got to assume that most of the stars will at least be asked to do the Broadway engagement. This team, which includes Bernadette Peters, Elaine Page, Jan Maxwell, Danny Burstein, Ron Raines and Linda Lavin, does some very stylish work. UPDATE: It looks like Linda Lavin is out; she has accepted another tehter gig -- a bigger part. She sure makes the most of "Broadway Baby," her moment in the "Follies" sun.

Posted by Tim Smith at 4:01 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Drama Queens


I commented to a friend during intermission at Kennedy Center that there was no way that show wasn't Broadway bound ... it's FANTASTIC! Finally, a much deserved Tony Award for Jan Maxwell! (mark my words...)

I shall mark them. Thanks for the comments. TIM

Please say Elaine Paige will still be in the cast when it comes to New York!

I share your hope. TIM

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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