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Washington Post interview: Elaine Paige is ‘Still Here,’ in ‘Follies’

There are only days to go until Elaine takes to the stage in ‘Follies’ at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. To coincide with this, The Washington Post have just published an interview with Elaine which features a new photograph by Astrid Riecken. Please click this link to read the article: http://t.co/NdeY1G8

ABOUT STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S ‘FOLLIES’: The original Broadway production of Follies opened on April 4, 1971 and ran for 522 performances in the Winter Garden Theatre and received seven Tony Awards®, including Best Original Score. The story is set when former members of the “Weismann Follies” reunite on the eve of their theatre’s demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. In the crumbling glamour of the theatre, the shadows of their younger selves remind them of the complicated steps they’ve danced -both on the stage and throughout their lives. Containing such well-known songs as “Broadway Baby,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind,” Follies echoes the songs, exuberance and romance of the vaudeville days between the two World Wars.

 

The rehearsal schedule has been intense working every day from 10am to 6pm. But we’ve all had such fun, particularly trying to learn an 8 minute tap routine! Are you kidding? I haven’t danced in over twenty years! Not since 1989 in ‘Anything Goes’ and I’m telling you… my knees don’t like it!!! But as I said it’s really great fun. A great company of ladies all bemoaning our aches & pains on a daily basis, but we’re ”still here”!!! Just! The company are a delight with lots of laughter as we all get to grips with music, dancing & the dialogue. It really is a talented bunch and is also one of the most organized productions I have ever been involved in. So rehearsals have been a pleasure on all fronts. Not like work at all! Did I just say that????

The Kennedy Center itself is the most glorious building including an opera house, the Eisenhower Theater (where Follies will play) and a concert hall plus two stages at either end of the huge foyer area. It really is a wonderful living tribute to the late president.

 

Photograph Credit: EP outside Capital Hill (Top Left), EP outside the White House (Bottom Left) & EP pointing to a promotional poster for the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater production of ‘Follies’ (Right).