Friday, June 17, 2011
Follies at the Kennedy Center
The book, written by James Goldman (hello, he also wrote The Lion in Winter), is on its own a terrific play. It's the story of a reunion of Weissman girls, follies performers who have the chance to visit their old theatre and relive their former glory one last time. It centers around former showgirls and roommates Phyllis (Jan Maxwell) and Sally (Bernadette Peters) and their respective spouses Ben (Ron Raines) and Buddy (Danny Burstein). A few of the other former showgirls get their moments to show what they've still got Carlotta (Elaine Paige), Heide (Rosalind Elias), Hattie (Linda Lavin), Stella (Terri White) and Emily (Susan Watson).