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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 05/22/2011

Signature’s Eric Schaeffer directs $7 million revival of “Follies” — so what’s next?

Director Eric Schaeffer and composer Stephen Sondheim at Saturday’s opening of “Follies.” (Scott Suchman )
Sondheim groupies were out in full force at the Kennedy Center Saturday for the opening of “Follies” — and got a bonus with the appearance of composer Stephen Sondheim at the performance and cast party. The Broadway legend found a second home in Washington thanks to director Eric Schaeffer, who turned Shirlington’s Signature Theatre into a national center for All Things Sondheim over the past two decades. (You can read it all in Schaeffer’s new book, titled — what else? — “My Signature Story.”) With the lavish $7 million “Follies” revival crossed off his bucket list, what’s next? “I’ve never directed ‘A Little Night Music,’ ” Schaeffer told us. “And we have to do justice to ‘Company’ — we did it in 1993 in the garage.”

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