Some new names and voices are being added to the Broadway cast of the Kennedy Center’s production of “Follies.”
Jayne Houdyshell will play Hattie Walker, replacing Linda Lavin. Houdyshell, a Tony Award nominee, sings one of the musical’s showstoppers “Broadway Baby.” The producers also announced Wednesday that Mary Beth Peil, will do the role of Solange LaFitte. In Washington Regine did the part. Peil, also a Tony Award nominee and television actress, signs another signature song “Ah Paris!”
Previously, the producers announced Elaine Paige will return as Carlotta Campion to do “I’m Still Here.”
The acclaimed James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim play about aging showgirls getting together for a reunion, is directed by Eric Schaeffer. Schaeffer was the artistic director of the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration and is the co-founder and artistic director of Signature Theatre.
The New York previews start August 7 with opening night set for September 12.
In its original incarnation in the 1970s “Follies” won 7 Tony Awards. It was a sell-out at the Kennedy Center this Spring.