Follies

Marquis Theatre
1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
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Tops

Hmmm... I can imagine where the negatives are coming from--different night, different show, perhaps? We had seen this at the Kennedy Center and enjoyed it?but were completely knocked-out by the Bway revisions. Out of the five productions of this show I have seen, this one is tops. Left me breathless and totally blown away?just like the reviews said, which is so unusual. Bernadette has gone so deep into her performance?an impressive journey from the time in DC: its a real stinger now. Hooray for Jan Maxwell--wowee!! Burstein is a show in himself and Raines left me with goosebumps. Actually, everyone has grown with their roles and the newcomers picked up the slack where some of the originals dallied. The direction has clarified so many things this time around. And that annoying way most versions shove the first act production numbers together without a proper segue between them has miraculously disappeared. If I had the bucks, Id go again. And maybe again. Loved it!

Tom

I saw the show at the Kennedy Center. It was great and the performances although Ms. Peters was not up to par were excellent. Great music. Great staging - and we love Eric Schaeffer in Arlington, VA. I understand there have been some changes - the controversial red dress of Sally, for example - but I cant imagine anyone panning this show - its a classic and this production does it justice. No, it cant be the original and all its glory - but it is glorious in its own right. So go see it and keep the house filled so it will be recent in the Tony nominators minds!

sorry, don't bother

I am a long time Sondheim fan and felt I had to see this for historical reasons. Sorry I spent the money. Although it has a fine cast, the story is dated & Im not a kid, the music is uninspired and in the end, I was depressed by the story. Basically it comes from the point of view that to be young is great and to get old sucks. Not a great message. I wish I had been warned by a viewer, so Im dong my duty and panning this show, even though I feel a bit guilty my Dad: "Dont say anything if you cant say something nice..."

I didn't get all the hype!!! Best Play???

Saw the show on Sept. 21, 2011 and was disappointed. Very slow opening-lasted until break time. Dreary scenery and had a hard time hearing the cast. Have seen 20 or so great productions on broadway and this one lacked pizazzzzz!!!

Favorite Show In The Whole Wide World

I saw the last performance in Washington and was quite happy with certain aspects such the leads, Elaine, Linda Lavin, Teri White, the orchestra, I loved it all. I will see the new version in Dec. One last thing. Every night on Night Line you can see the Marque of the theater behind the host of that evenings show. Only the marque is blured. Get together with the producers of Nightline so we can see the Marque more clearly in all its glory. Le plubicitay. Also get them to do a feature on this very historical show. Le plublicitay.

Rxmort

A most exhilarating show. Dont miss it. Grear performances and a top Sondheim score. Broadway at its best. wow!

Sondheim Masterpiece

Over the years, the musical " Follies" has been derided for its book by James Goldman. In this production, so close to the original, the clarity of the book is made crystal clear. The cast is excellent, despite the fact that I felt Bernadette Peters was miscast. Dorothy Collins in the original was the definitive Sally, playing off the elegant, soigne, Alexis Smith. She also lost her one big moment in the show with the 11 oclock number, the torchy "Losing My Mind" one of Sondheims best compositions. That being said, you do get a sizzling Jan Maxwell, a comedic and also dramatic Danny Burstein, a debonair Ron Raines, a world weary Elaine Paige, an adorable Jayne Houdyshell and an excellent Terri White, who brings down the house with "Whos That Women"? Brilliant production values..sets,costumes and lighting complete an almost perfect package. Eric Schaffers direction was choppy at times, but its hard to recreate two Broadway icons Harold Prince and Michael Bennett who co-directed the original. By far, the best revival of the show since the original production and one of Stephen Sondheims classics.

Best play I ever saw!!!

Great show!! Great Performances!! I saw a lot of Broadway over the last 40 years. This is the best that Ive seen!! Wonderful experience.

Best play I ever saw!!!

Great show!! Great Performances!! I saw a lot of Broadway over the last 40 years. This is the best that Ive seen!! Wonderful experience.

RE:Fabulous Follies

I knew upon entering the utilitarian Marquis Theatre that my instincts were right about seeing Follies. The theatre, located in a Las Vegas styled Marriott, is hardly known for its charm. But there it was, draped in dingy, droopy, graying muslin. The draping was so authentic, most did not know it was not part of the theatre. The set, Derek Mclane so realistically evoked a decaying vaudeville theatre, that I knew attention had been paid. Now I must interject that the only Follies I have seen was an Encores! staged concert version. I may not be the most reliable reporter of the event. Follies, while not a hit when it opened in 1971, is a wonderful mix of poignancy, period styling, and Zigfield Follies/Busby Burkeley pageantry. The songs Stephen Sondheim, you would recognize many, are gorgeous, and there is more than one show stopper. Follies holds an additional, while rare, distinction; it is an incredible showcase for women of a certain age. The premise is a reunion of the Weissman Girls before the closing of a theatre. The Weissman Follies spanned "the years between the world wars" and the reunion is set in 1971. A younger cast is employed to evoke the performers past selves. This would be when I start gushing about the costumes Gregg Barnes. I was reminded of those scenes in The Women and That Touch of Mink. You know, when the ladies sit in a comfortable seat and watch the fashion show while mentally choosing what theyll buy? The 1920s and 1930s costumes were dreamy, as were the 1971 gowns. Mary Beth Peil Women on the Verge, The Good Wife was ravishing in a form fitting black stretch gown and cascading gray hair. Elaine Paige was equally gorgeous on the other side of glamor in an electric blue satin gown trimmed in mink. But enough about the clothes. For now. What a cast! The two couples at the center of the storyline; Buddy and Sally and Ben and Phyllis, are played respectively by; Danny Burstein, Bernadette Peters, Ron Raines and Jan Maxwell. Danny Burstein is always fun to watch if Bert Lahr and Wallace Shawn had a singing and dancing son it would be Danny Burstein but he is far too young for this role. The problem with a show about aging, and one that announces the characters age from time to time, is there is not a whole lot of wiggle room in chronologically blind casting. Bernadette Peters suffers from this fallout as well. At one point she declares herself "49" and there is sputtering in the audience. I feel certain they meant no harm, it was just so outrageous. Ron Raines is not served well by a declaration of his being "53" either. Both Mr. Raines and Ms. Peters are in their 60s, a fact that is only highlighted by pairing them with Mr. Burstein, who is in his 40s. Ms. Maxwell is probably the only principal who is the right age. If one can suspend reality which needs to include the premise that a 52 Ms Peters could ever be a show girl, this whole thing should not be such a problem. Although I find it interesting that during a time of such enormous weight given to appearances, that we choose to overlook the obvious for the slightly more subtle which is fame. This would be the time to shout a big hurrah, that Mr. Raines is on the Broadway stage. He is a veteran concert and regional performer, and known to some for his daytime television work Guiding Light. His voice is so old school rich and reverberating, it took my breath away. Hes a bit easy on the eyes as well. He was a delightful match for Ms. Maxwell, who tore the place up with her "Could I Leave You." The lack of chemistry between Mr. Raines and Ms. Peters was perfect for the story. I know I am in a very small minority in never seeing Ms. Peters stage appeal. I adored her in the Steve Martin films, but find her voice to be thin and nasally. Her role is not huge, but I was left wondering how incredible it would have been to hear "Losing My Mind" sung by Tyne Daly. I had little time to sulk, as I had the transcendental experience of hearing Miss Elaine Paige sing "Im Still Here." I still have chills and a lump in my throat. www.heresheisboys.com Now in between all these rich, gorgeous songs brimming with pathos, are some of the best performances you will see on stage. "Whos That Woman?" is a tap, chorus line, number performed by most of the women. While most of the principal cast are not dancers, Terri White is. She plays Stella Deems and tears up the stage in this number. Holy moly! Ms. White may be familiar to readers of the New York Times. She was profiled a couple of years ago while performing in Finians Rainbow. At 60 years old she found herself homeless. Her performance needed an Encore desperately. I would not be surprised if one is added the show is currently in previews. I suspect that this might not be the quintessential Follies. My guess is that a more appropriate casting of Sally and Buddy would launch this production into the history books. That said, it is without a doubt a must-see!