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I know we have a few Sondheim threads, but I figured I start one for Follies. I just pulled out my CD of the 2011 Broadway Revival, and listening to it again, I'm struck with admiration (even more than I remembered) for its scope and grandeur, which I really think this recording captures (the lush 27 piece orchestra, performances by Bernadette Peters, Elaine Paige, Ron Raines). James Goldman's book along with Sondheim's score hauntingly balances between nostalgia for a time past and the tragic reality the characters have built for themselves. While the 2011 revival may take grandiose nature of nearly every number to an 11, by doing I so, I really think it captures that mix of beautiful, gaudy, tragic, and poignant. Does anyone have a favorite recording/production? Any thoughts on the musical in general?
I'm curious: has anyone seen this musical, or know of it? If so, what are your thoughts? To be entirely honest, this show is my favorite work of art. The music and the story, about the creative process behind art and connecting with an audience, move and inspire me more than any film, book, play, musical, painting, etc. I would describe the show as something similar to Andrei Rublev or Three Colors: Blue if either of those were to be made a musical. I do have many friends who argue Sweeney Todd is Sondheim's best work. From a purely artistic viewpoint, I would not disagree, but Sunday in the Park with George has a personal, heartfelt touch that Sweeney does not, IMO. There's a wonderful DVD of a stage prodcution with most of the original cast that was televised in the '80's. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend checking it out. I think it's available on instant streaming from Amazon. And finally Mandy Patinkin singing one of the main numbers: