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Follies Cast Recording


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  • Audio CD (June 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002SNP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,163 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue: Beautiful Girls
2. Don't Look At Me
3. Waiting For The Girls Upstairs
4. Ah! Paris/Broadway Baby
5. The Road You Didn't Take
6. In Buddy's Eyes
7. Who's That Woman?
8. I'm Still Here
9. Too Many Mornings
10. The Right Girl
11. One More Kiss
12. Could I Leave You?
13. You're Gonna Love Tomorow/Love Will See Us Through
14. The God Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues
15. Losong My Mind
16. The Story Of Lucy & Jessie
17. Live, Laugh & Love/Finale

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By One singular sensation... TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 1 2009
Format: Audio CD
The show was superb, from the moment you entered the theatre and found yourself in a near-wreck inhabited by ghosts, to Ben's breakdown. The songs, all of them, were sensational. The cast,well,loved them all but who would have thought that Alexis Smith could have been such a red-spangled dream? Then Capitol Records got hold of it, and down it went for the count. They should have been sued. I'm told that they had all the recorded numbers at one time - too bad they don't iussue a CD package with all that discarded material. But a few years ago, a double CD did come out with all of the music from Broadway, London, and a few other productions. That's the one to buy. Everyone is good - no one's great - though some come close - all the songs are there, in their entirety, and for North American's who have never heard "Ah, But Underneath", there is at least one top-drawer Sondheim song in store for them. And Ann Miller does do "I'm Still Here" in the most believable version ever, because Annie was essentially at the end of a phenomenal career - but there's also the joy of her "Can That Boy Fox-Trot", a sly and sneaky little number that "I'm Still Here" replaced....why couldn't Carlotta have sung both of them? All in all, this is where to wisely invest your money and time if you can only have one version.
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Format: Audio CD
but what we have is great. This is one of those few albums where I dont have to skip past songs. The numbers are well performed. Really, this highlight version is great if you dont want to sit through the concert version. The high points of this CD are "Your'e Gonna Love Tomorrow" "Ah, Paris" and "Broadway Baby" and "Who's that Woman". The lyrics have slang words such as "Chucklehead"or "Scanties" that fit the characters perfectly.
The only thing I like better on the concert version is Carol Burnetts rendition of "I'm Still Here". Still, all in all this a very good investment of your time and money.
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Format: Audio CD
Follies was defintely a labor of love for Sondheim. After reading the book, "Everything Was Possible," you realize what a burden it was to get this show to take off. The album isn't complete, and they cut parts of songs and actually cut whole numbers on this CD, but the cast is wonderful. Dorothy Collins is my favorite member of the cast. She has such a warm voice that is just bursting with emotion. She also has a GREAT range. She can belt and also hit Gs! It's like a revalation to hear her sing this role! Buddy isn't very strong vocally, but he is a great actor and is a convincing Buddy. John McMartin is my 2rd favorite Ben, but he is still good. Ben is supposed to have some class, and McMartin doesn't do that for me. George Hearn is my favorite, but McMartin doesa good job. Alexis Smith is great! Her singing isn't amazing, but she just sings her song with great conviction. I still think Dorothy Collins should have gottent he Tony.
The score is superb and is my 2nd favorite Sondheim score. The supporting cast is great, and its fun to see a few people in small one song roles who eventually became stars on Broadway, i.e Kurt Peterson and Victoria Mallory. If you want the best cast, don't buy this recording, get the concert cast recording, but if you want the ebst emotional expression and originality of the performances, get this recording. Also, get it for Dorothy Collins.
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Format: Audio CD
FOLLIES is one of the grandest of Broadway musicals. The original production was a financial and critical disappointment, though quickly the musical gained a cult following thanks to the cast album that was left behind.
The story concerns the reunion of the "Weismann Follies", a troupe of players who performed between the two wars, brought back together 30 years later for a get-together when the theatre they once called home is to be torn down for a parking-lot.
The cast is led by veteran Hollywood stars Alexis Smith, Dorothy Collins and Gene Nelson, with Broadway veteran John McMartin. Others in the incantory cast include Mary McCarty (MISS LIBERTY, CHICAGO), Fifi D'Orsay, Ethel Shutta (JENNIE), Yvonne De Carlo, Ethel Barrymore Colt and Arnold Moss. Justine Johnson and Victoria Mallory (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC) also feature.
Dorothy Collins is breathtaking in the role of Sally Durante Plummer (the role has been coveted by many Broadway diva's including Barbara Cook and Judy Kaye), and sings gorgeous versions of the show's two pivotal ballads, "In Buddy's Eyes" and "Losing My Mind". Alexis Smith plays the cynical and jaded Phyllis Rogers Stone, and sings the bitter, barb-choked "Could I Leave You?" and "The Story of Lucy and Jessie" perfectly.
Justine Johnson plays the aging opera diva Heidi Schiller, and sings the heartbreaking "One More Kiss" in a duet with Victoria Mallory as the younger Heidi. Mary McCarty is a delight as the scene-stealing Stella Deems, and leads the girls in the manic 'mirror number' "Who's That Woman?". Yvonne De Carlo belts out the anthemic "I'm Still Here" for all its worth.
FOLLIES is one of Stephen Sondheim's most intriguing and rewarding scores, and the original cast album is a must-own for all Broadway fans.
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