- Category: Musicals
- Published on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:46
- Written by Corine Dana Cohen
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Photos by Joan Marcus- Gorgeous gold gown by Gregg Barnes.
When former members of the “Weismann Follies” reunite on the eve of their theater's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing of their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theater brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad. FOLLIES echoes the songs, exuberance and romance of the vaudeville days between the two World Wars. The score features some of Stephen Sondheim’s best-known songs, including “Broadway Baby,” “I’m Still Here,” “Too Many Mornings,” “Could I Leave You?” and “Losing My Mind.”
FOLLIES – featuring a book by James Goldman and a score by Stephen Sondheim – was originally produced on Broadway by Harold Prince with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. It opened on April 4, 1971 at the Winter Garden Theatre where it ran for 522 performances and received seven Tony Awards, including Best Original Score. FOLLIES played a limited engagement at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater opening on May 7 and closing with sold-out houses on June 19, 2011. ( Press release)
The new production which opened this past week is the best production I have seen so far. The details from Gregg Barnes incredible stunning costumes to Natasha Katz's lighting are perfection. The details from the gorgeous sparkly tiaras that resemble radio city rockettes glamour to Jan Maxwells gold sparkle gown impress.
Jan Maxwell, a Corine's Corner favorite and Drama Desk winner does not disappoint. Her incredible acting chops shine as does her gorgeous gown and perfect dance numbers.
Terri White has a fantastic number as a Follies dancer and dances with her young 20 year old counterpart. The number was exquisite and moving and made me want to cheer.
Danny Burstein has always played characters that tug at your soul. As Buddy he is heart-breaking as the man Sally never loved. His performance should win him many awards this season.
Ron Raines has a stunning voice and also deserves many nominations for his performance this year.
I have seen several productions of FOLLIES but the current production at the Marquis is worth it's weight in gold.
There are no flaws every detail from the costumes, dancing, performances are stellar. The casting is perfection and I found it to be one of the greatest musicals I have seen in years. Don't miss this show. I am still smiling from the afterglow.
Review by: Corine Cohen
This show is for adults 12 and up. It is a dark musical and some material might not be suitable for young children.
4 out of five stars.
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