'Follies' in Los Angeles will be without Bernadette Peters
When the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" comes to the Ahamanson Theatre in the spring it reportedly will be without one of its leading ladies, Bernadette Peters. Playbill.com is reporting that Peters wishes to honor her obligations for concert performances that conflict with the Ahmanson dates.
Peters had postponed some concerts when "Follies" moved to Broadway after a run at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The actress will finish with "Follies" on Broadway when it closes on Jan. 22.
One of her upcoming concerts will be at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge on March 3.
It's not yet known if the rest of the Broadway cast -- including Elaine Page, Jan Maxwell, Jayne Houdyshell and Danny Burstein -- will come to Los Angeles.
“Follies,” the 1971 musical by Sondheim and James Goldman, will play at the Ahmanson May 9-June 9 (with previews starting May 3), filling a gap in the season created when a planned revival of “Funny Girl” fell through.
According to Peters' website, she has performances that would conflict with the Ahmanson run in Indiana, Pa.; Boston; Burlington, Vt.; and Newark, N.J.
-- Sherry Stern
Photo: Bernadette Peters performs in "Follies." Credit: Joan Marcus