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Ron Raines (center) and the cast of the Kennedy Center production of “Follies” at the Ahmanson Theatre.

Photo by Craig Schwartz.

The Kennedy Center Production of


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May 9 – Jun 9, 2012

Ahmanson Theatre

AN UNDENIABLE CLASSIC. Follies appears to be the heavy favorite to win the Tony for best revival this year. If you head to the Ahmanson, you'll understand why.

A pitch-perfect production… a unique opportunity for Angelenos to see some of the most talented women of the Great White Way.

When former members of the Weismann Follies reunite on the eve of their theatre's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing about their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theatre brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad.

Containing such well-known songs as Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here, Too Many Mornings, Could I Leave You? and Losing My Mind, Follies echoes the songs, exuberance, and romance of the vaudeville days between the two World Wars.

A magnificent cast. Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece…now works on all four cylinders, Victoria Clark being joined by the deservedly Tony®-nominated Jan Maxwell, Ron Raines, and Danny Burstein. Vocal fireworks from Jayne Houdyshell, Elaine Paige, Terri White, and Carol Neblett.

Follies stars five-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Tony Award winner Victoria Clark as Sally Durant Plummer, three-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award® nominee and first time Tony Award nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone, and Olivier Award winner Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion. Maxwell, Burstein, Raines, and Paige are all returning to the roles they originated on Broadway.

Also returning to their Kennedy Center and Broadway roles are 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 are joined by Grammy Award® winner Carol Neblett as Heidi Schiller and Tony Award winner Sammy Williams as Theodore Whitman. Follies also features a 20-member song and dance ensemble.

8 Tony Award® nominations for Follies!

New York, May 1, 2012. Weeks of speculation were capped this morning when the Tony Award nominations were announced and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts production of Follies received 8 Tony Award nominations.

Best Revival of a Musical

Jan Maxwell, Best Actress in a Musical

Danny Burstein, Best Actor in a Musical

Ron Raines, Best Actor in a Musical

Jayne Houdyshell, Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Gregg Barnes, Best Costume Design of a Musical

Kai Harada, Best Sound Design of a Musical

Natasha Katz, Best Lighting Design of a Musical

With 25 award nominations, Follies is the most lauded musical revival this season. Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and the Drama League are recognizing the Follies cast and creative team with another 17 nominations.

No wonder Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls it White-hot! and Charles McNulty of the Los Angeles Times says The score Stephen Sondheim wrote for Follies is mind-bogglingly lush.

See it with a once-in-a-lifetime cast of Broadway stars, an extraordinary 28-piece orchestra, and one of the largest ensembles ever to appear on the Ahmanson stage.

Theatergoers in Los Angeles have been given a great gift in this first-rate production of this brilliant musical. It’s complex, it’s moving, it’s entertaining, it’s funny, and it features stellar performances. You’re gonna love tomorrow if you go see Follies today.

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Performance Length

The performance length is approx. two hours and 32 minutes, with one intermission.

Be Aware

Recommended for children age 10+ due to slight off-color language, some sexual innuendo.

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.

Center Theatre Group Show Guide for Parents

Season Sponsor

Bank of America