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Once Again, “Follies” Fails To Turn a Profit

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The latest Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1971 mini-classic Follies closed on Sunday; all told, the show’s cumulative attendance for its five-and-a-half month run topped 215,000. And yet, once again, the show did not recoup its investment, the presence of Bernadette Peters notwithstanding. There’s that old saw about history repeating itself, the first time as tragedy (the ill-fated 2001 revival), the second time as farce (tickets to this one were incredibly hard to get), but it’s fairly safe to say that it’ll be some time before Follies gets another crack at the Big Road to see what’ll happen now that its obligations to history are out of the way. The show now heads to L.A. for a limited run at the Ahmanson Theater starting in May, with Victoria Clark scheduled to replace Peters. (FULL ARTICLE: Patrick Healy, ArtsBeat, The New York Times)