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Follies: A New Musical by Stephen Sondheim

Follies: A New Musical

by Stephen Sondheim, James Goldman

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Overall, the 1971 script is much better. I do like the new order of scenes and some songs in this script, I think they help the flow of the show better. There are, however, many charming elements missing from the monologues and cameo scenes by the other Follies actors. The text between the main couples is really watered down in a number of places, not least of which is the rather anti-climactic ending. I much prefer the original ending, especially Sally's lines "oh dear God, it is tomorrow," which is such an important moment for her character. Stick with the original, if you can get it. This is well worth the read, if only to fully appreciate the original. ( )
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On the eve of its destruction, the once-glorious Weissman Theatre is filled with the ghosts of its past as showgirls from 40 years ago reunite to glamorize the old days and relive bygone memories of promise and splendor. For two jaded middle-aged couples, coming face-to-face with what might have been proves to be a shattering experience. The genius script by Sondheim and Goldman makes a cinematic, nightmarish hallucination of past and present blended together, employing lush era musical theatre pastiche and a deft eye for storytelling to tell not only the story of Ben, Phyllis, Sally and Buddy, but also the story of how the promise of America between the World Wars disintegrated into memory. Considered by many to be one of the best American musicals of all time, and still at the peak of form and craft. Those that saw the original Broadway production in 1971 and the all-star Lincoln Center concert in 1985 remember it as one of the most dazzling and poignant shows ever.
"A stunning musical…a pastiche so brilliant as to be breathtaking."—New York Daily News

"Follies is utterly magnificent."—Women’s Wear Daily

Stephen Sondheim is the preeminent composer and lyricist of the American musical theatre. His best known works include West Side Story, Gypsy, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Company, among others. Mr. Sondheim celebrates his 70th birthday this year.

The late James Goldman is best known for his play and screenplay A Lion in Winter and also was the author of Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole and A Family Affair.

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Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical returns with a new production that features two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters.

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