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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?
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.Read more ›
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.
When the show first opened, it was commonplace to applaud the songs and dismiss the book as second rate. Perhaps because the actors are all so splendid, the book sounds damned good in this recording, spare and ironic, but filled with haunting lines that segue effortlessly into the ironic nostalgia of Sondheim's songs.
I remember Bernadette Peters as the slapstick ingenue on the Carol Burnett Show. It would have been difficult to imagine back then that she would ever grow into the stunning singing actress that she is now. Listen to her opening lines in the Prologue. The show has barely started and already I'm on the verge of tears. And Jan Maxwell is a diamond studded tigress as Phyllis. The Saga of Lucy and Jessie never sounded better, and Could I Leave You? will take your breath away.
In Follies, the men generally tend to take a back seat to the women, but not Danny Burstein's Buddy. His portrayal of a decent man trapped in a tortured marriage is heartbreaking and both his solos are show stoppers. Ron Raines is good as Ben, but he doesn't makes the same indelible impression as the other three.
Elaine Page (with a remarkably good American accent) is the sexiest Carlotta I've ever heard, but she seems to slur her words a few times in I'm Still Here ("HerberJedgarhoovah") which is unfortunate.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love that this cd includes not only music but narrative also, the complete play!Published 10 months ago by Michael L. Rubens
So many songs that became popular in the traditional pop genre originated from this show. Bernadette peters is in her prime voice here.Published 11 months ago by gerald dorfman
A glorious musical but the original cast album, even though it isn't complete, is still the best and the most thrillingPublished 12 months ago by jarcom
Bernadette is miss cast in this one. Give me the original Broadway Show cast album. Stellar performances by real stars of the past. No one does "I'm still here. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Patrick Rocheleau
Fantastic recording of the entire show. Brilliant performances by an outstanding cast. I am sorry I missed this one when it was running on Bway.Published 15 months ago by Peter Owenson