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The incomparable Stephen Sondheim brought his sensational Follies to the stage in 1971 where it was hailed as "monumental theater" by The New York Times. Fourteen years later, the magic was recreated by an unparalleled gathering of stage and screen luminaries performing with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for a wildly enthusiastic audience. This one-night-only performance became a legendary event in Broadway history--Follies in Concert! The evolution of this unique, historic event is exclusively captured in this film, from the first rehearsal--just four days before the show--to the last-second butterflies just before the curtain rose. This is a rare treasure for all fans of musical theater. Includes the memorable songs "Losing My Mind" and "I'm Still Here" and an all-star cast: Carol Burnett, Liz Callaway, Betty Comden, Barbara Cook, Adolph Green, George Hearn, Howard McGillin, Liliane Montevecchi, Phyllis Newman, Mandy Patinkin, Lee Remick, and Elaine Stritch. 90 minutes.
The DVD release of Follies in Concert contains the original 90-minute documentary with no additional footage, which is a disappointment to fans longing to see the parts of the concert that were never released on video. Sound quality is fairly good, though the Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo provides a somewhat narrow soundstage. The picture retains much of the graininess of the original film, most notably the portions shot in low lighting conditions. Most welcome will be the DVD's 23 chapters, which allow the viewer to skip the concert preparation and go straight to the songs, all of which are individually tracked (even the 45-second "Rain on the Roof"). --David Horiuchi
I loved reading about how musicals were made in that era -- the era of my 20's..great musical, but the second act gets weird...Published 18 days ago by Yvonne Nelson
If you want to see "Follies"--or, hell, if you want to know what it was like to watch THIS version of "Follies" that appeared for one night with an all-star... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. E. Dickerson
This is a first rate concert version of the original play. It is a beautiful musical with a first rate concert cast.Published 3 months ago by Bill F.
So disappointed! I got this for my partner who LOVES this musical and to see him watch it in frustration at the snippets of some songs, many were omitted. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Brad Rohr
Follies is one of Steven Sondheim's best shows. This concert version gives us a preview of the four days of preparation for the production. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Vinny
My Sondheim-loving kid nagged me for weeks to see this, and we were only able to get through about a third of it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mel in Vermont
This production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies in Concert is a joy to watch. From the rehearsals to the live concert; from watching Carol Burnett, Barbara Cook, George Hearn, and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by John T. Hitchner
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|If FOLLIES is were a movie, whom would you cast in the various roles.||
What about Streisand? Couldn't she play an abundance of the roles in this movie? She may be 66 years old, but she looks 50....so, I vocally we all know she wouldn't have a problem....
May 27, 2008 by gerwill | See all 5 posts