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Follies (New Broadway Cast Recording) Cast Recording


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  • Audio CD (November 29, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • ASIN: B005IYGQGA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prologue
2. Overture
3. Welcome to our first - and last - reunion...
4. Beautiful Girls
5. You came; you're really here...
6. Don't Look at Me
7. I never get to talk...
8. Waiting for the Girls Upstairs
9. Rain on the Roof
10. Ah, Paris!
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Follies, musical play: I had a Follies number once...
2. Follies, musical play: I'm Still Here
3. Follies, musical play: Too Many Mornings
4. I had a Follies number once...
5. I'm Still Here
6. Too Many Mornings
7. The Right Girl
8. Men are so sweet...
9. One More Kiss
10. According to statistics...
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Editorial Reviews

Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and librettist James Goldman's landmark 1971 musical returns to Broadway in a production The New York Times raved '[makes] you realize anew just why Follies is one of the greatest musicals ever written.' A bittersweet look at the follies of youth seen through the eyes of age and experience, this new production stars two-time Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony Award-nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony Award-nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award-nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and four-time Olivier Award-nominee Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion, under the direction of Eric Schaeffer. The cast of 41 is backed up by a 28-piece orchestra, conducted by James Moore. The Tony Award-winning score -- 21 songs in all -- reveals the full range of Sondheim's brilliance, nimbly alternating between incisive, insightful book numbers ('Waiting for the Girls Upstairs,' 'The Road You Didn't Take,' 'Could I Leave You') and stunning pastiches of yesteryear ('Broadway Baby,' 'Beautiful Girls,' 'Losing My Mind'). Now, PS Classics and producer Tommy Krasker -- who has helmed over a dozen Sondheim cast recordings -- preserve this unparalleled work of genius in an expansive two-disc set.

Customer Reviews

It's a must for anyone who is addicted to musical theatre.
Kerry Oquinn
It's not only a great recording of Follies, it's one of the best Broadway Cast albums ever made of any show.
Mark Hite
I saw it in Washington and will be seeing it again in NYC.
David

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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Scott Chamberlain VINE VOICE on November 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The CD of the 2011 Follies revival has been released! Short version of my review: buy this CD now. No, really. Buy it now.

And now the longer version. Before seeing the 2011 revival, I was only dimly aware of "Follies"--mostly that while Sondheim fans loved it, it was a difficult show to pull off. And I had only a fleeting knowledge of the songs themselves. But this production blew me away, and now there are 5-6 songs I can't imagine living without. There's one of the best showbiz anthems, the very best survival song, the best divorce song, and so on. Magnificent score! But several other renditions of the Broadway score exist... do we need a new one?

Yes.

For those unfamiliar with it, "Follies" is a show about aging showgirls and their spouses who come together for a reunion in their former theater the night before it's torn down. The story is one of nostalgia, lost dreams, survival and roads not taken.

One thing worth saying upfront is that "Follies" really is a show that has to be seen, especially when it was acted as strongly as this production. Many times, the music is subtext to what's happening on stage, or the stage action deeply colors the songs. The Mirror Number, "Who's That Woman," is a perfect example. Hearing it, it's a great song. But to get the full effect, you have to see all these veteran performers recalling their youth by dancing it one last time (it was one of their marquee songs from the good ol' days), and it becomes an overwhelming showstopper. But then you realize that their dance partners are the ghosts of their former selves, when they were young showgirls at the height of their glory, and it moves you to tears. I'm not sure if that gamut of emotions carries though just listening to it.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Alexander G. Barone on November 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Suffice to say, "Follies" is one of the most legendary musicals. This is for a number of reasons: its creation was one of exhaustion and trial-and-elimination. The Original Broadway Production was curiously received (obtaining either smashing or devastating or, even worse, ambiguously indifferent reviews), and was a box office disaster. Finally, the cast recording infamously cut or short-changed a large portion of the score. Despite the quality of the performers and the production, the recording itself has never felt more than adequate. It's since been revived, albeit infrequently, by notable companies over time. First, there was the recording with the New York Philharmonic in the 1980's, which featured the full, glorious score, as well as several noticeable stars, such as Lee Remick, Mandy Patinkin, George Hearn, Barbara Cook (despite what anyone ever says, I find both her Sally and delivery of "Losing My Mind" exceptionally underwhelming), and Carol Burnett. Then there's the London Cast from the late 80's. Although not perfect, it makes a good listen. Julia McKenzie and Dianna Rigg headed the cast, and made for strong leads (McKenzie's "Losing My Mind" is a force to be reckoned with), although the changes to the book and score detrimentally affected the show as a whole ("Country House" is a enjoyable number, but in no way replaces "the Road You Didn't Take", and the upbeat finale was disgraceful). Dolores Gray excelled with "I'm Still Here", though. The Papermill Playhouse recording in the 90's was acceptable but unremarkable; Donna McKechnie and Dee Hoty made for a lively, but not outstanding Sally and Phyllis. The inclusion of previously cut numbers on the recording made the album a must have though.Read more ›
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Skwiat on November 30, 2011
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My journey to discovering Follies happened largely by accident. Looking to see a show on Broadway with a friend we both decided on Follies. My previous knowledge of the play was minimal at best, knowing only of Stephen Sondheim and his reputation as a genius. Everything seemed to be going against us that day. Our train was late, we didn't buy tickets in advance, and on top of all that Hurricane Irene was preparing to hit us the next day! And yet everything went even better than planned. Thanks to our neighbor sitting next to us in the theater we got a background about the play. It was originally brought to the stage in 1971, included Yvonne De Carolo(of Munsters fame), and according to him was the best play he'd ever seen. To make a long story short I can't speak for the 1971 play since I've never seen it, but 2011 Follies was one of the best plays I'd ever seen. It's so unlike anything I'd seen on Broadway. It was a play for grown ups about aging, marriage, regrets, and everything in between.
The cd I am happy to report was able to hold on to the spirit of the musical. Bernadette Peters is amazing seemlessly capturing the broken and shattered Sally. Elaine Paige is magnificent and show stopping, but the real revelation for me at least was Jan Maxwell who sings with real passion especially on the number "Could I Leave You?" Do yourself a favor and buy this cd. It's magical and gets deeper and better with each listen.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joey D on January 30, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The Real problem with this recording as it is with many B'way recordings of the last decade is the micro-managing sculpturing of the sound. The voices play at the same level whether whispering or projecting. And when they belt, like Elaine Paige does at the end of "I'm Still Here", the sound becomes pinched, thinning out as if only certain frequencies were allowed to be recorded. And then there's the air around them: I guess the engineers are judging everything by their readouts instead of their ears because the singers sound like they're in an acoustically dead room, there are no harmonics floating in the air, the voices seem to have less than twelve inches before they hit an invisible dead wall. This doesn't sound like live music, this sounds like a museum recording, which is a shame because this could have been a real keepsake recording. Digital seems to be the bane of Broadway Cast albums. I wish someone would do something about it.
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