Follies in Concert/Stavisky

Follies in Concert/Stavisky

     
 

Follies in Concert, drawn from two performances at Avery Fisher Hall in New York in September 1985, features a handpicked cast of stage, screen, and nightclub stars, and represents songwriter Stephen Sondheim and record producer Thomas Z. Shepard's attempt at a do-over of a cast album for Sondheim's 1971 musical Follies. The show had an original BroadwaySee more details below

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Follies in Concert, drawn from two performances at Avery Fisher Hall in New York in September 1985, features a handpicked cast of stage, screen, and nightclub stars, and represents songwriter Stephen Sondheim and record producer Thomas Z. Shepard's attempt at a do-over of a cast album for Sondheim's 1971 musical Follies. The show had an original Broadway cast album, but it failed to convey the breadth of the score, which was unusually long, since it contained both contemporary show music and a series of pastiches of the kind of music that might have been heard in one of the interwar musical revues the characters were said to have appeared in, Sondheim's takes on the styles of predecessors like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. It would have taken a two-LP set to encompass all the material, and while major record labels were still recording cast albums in 1971, Capitol Records, which handled Follies, restricted it to only one disc. Fourteen years later, RCA was willing to plump for a more complete rendering, and Sondheim and Shepard put together a concert cast who did not have to conform to the demands of a realistic stage performance. The show is set at a 30-year reunion of the fictional Weismann Follies, and the two couples who are the main characters, middle-class Buddy and Sally, and upper-class Ben and Phyllis, are supposed to be about 50 years old. In this version, film star Lee Remick (a veteran of Sondheim's 1964 musical Anyone Can Whistle) as Phyllis and George Hearn (fresh from his Tony Award-winning performance in the musical La Cage aux Folles) as Ben were about the right age in real life, but 37-year-old Mandy Patinkin (late of Sondheim's most recent show, Sunday in the Park with George) as Buddy was too young, and veteran Broadway star and cabaret singer Barbara Cook (surprisingly making her debut in a Sondheim work) as Sally was too old at 57. No matter. All sing well and characteristically. Remick holds her own; Cook plays to Sally's emotional essence, notably in "In Buddy's Eyes"; Patinkin is his typically bravura self (even providing his own background vocals, in falsetto, on "Buddy's Blues"); and Hearn brings out Ben's superficial confidence, eventually giving way to a musical nervous breakdown in "Live, Laugh, Love." The show is also full of specialty numbers that give terrific showcases to the likes of Carol Burnett (an understated "I'm Still Here"); Liliane Montevecchi (perfect casting for the Porter-like "Ah, Paree!"); and audience favorite Elaine Stritch (a typically caustic "Broadway Baby"). Follies in Concert might not be the definitive version of Follies, but it is a vast improvement on the original Broadway cast album, finally giving a sense of the score's quality. [Cassette and CD versions of this album added the soundtrack recording of director Alain Resnais' 1974 film Stavisky, one of Sondheim's few film scores.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0078635712827
catalogNumber:
27128
Rank:
72038

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Overture  -  New York Philharmonic
  2. Beautiful Girls  - André Gregory
  3. Don't Look at Me  - Howard McGillin
  4. Waiting for the Girls Upstairs  - Jim Walton
  5. Rain on the Roof  - Adolph Green
  6. Ah Paree  - Liliane Montevecchi
  7. Broadway Baby  - Elaine Stritch
  8. The Road You Didn't Take  - George Hearn
  9. In Buddy's Eyes  - Barbara Cook
  10. Who's That Woman?  - Liliane Montevecchi
  11. I'm Still Here  - Carol Burnett
  12. Too Many Mornings  - George Hearn
  13. The Right Girl  - Mandy Patinkin
  14. One More Kiss  - Licia Albanese
  15. Could I Leave You?  - Lee Remick
  16. Love Land  -  Cast
  17. You're Gonna Love Tomorrow/Love Will See Us Through  - Daisy Prince

Disc 2

  1. Buddy's Blues  - Mandy Patinkin
  2. Losing My Mind  - Barbara Cook
  3. The Story of Lucy and Jessie  -  Chorus
  4. Live, Laugh, Love  - George Hearn
  5. Finale: Waiting for the Girls Upstairs: Beautiful Girls  -  Cast
  6. Theme from Stavisky  -  New York Philharmonic
  7. Salon at the Claridge  -  New York Philharmonic
  8. Ariette by Day  -  New York Philharmonic
  9. Trotsky at Saint Palais  -  New York Philharmonic
  10. Montalve at Biarritz  -  New York Philharmonic
  11. Operetta  -  New York Philharmonic
  12. Ariette and Stavisky  -  New York Philharmonic
  13. Recent Past  -  New York Philharmonic
  14. Salon at the Claridge  -  New York Philharmonic
  15. Suite at the Claridge  -  New York Philharmonic
  16. Old House  -  New York Philharmonic
  17. Goodbye Ariette  -  New York Philharmonic
  18. Hideout at Chamonix  -  New York Philharmonic
  19. Erna Remembered  -  New York Philharmonic
  20. The Future  -  New York Philharmonic
  21. Women and Death  -  New York Philharmonic
  22. Theme from Stavisky  -  New York Philharmonic

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbara Cook   Vocals,Track Performer
Mandy Patinkin   Vocals,Track Performer
Saturday Night Live Band   Track Performer
Elaine Stritch   Vocals
Carol Burnett   Vocals,Track Performer
Lee Remick   Vocals,Track Performer
New York Philharmonic   Track Performer
Licia Albanese   Track Performer
Betty Comden   Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Gemignani   Conductor
Adolph Green   Vocals,Track Performer
Phyllis Newman   Vocals
Liz Callaway   Vocals,Track Performer
Arthur Rubin   Vocals
Susan Cella   Vocals
George Hearn   Vocals,Track Performer
Frank Kopyc   Vocals
Howard McGillin   Vocals,Track Performer
Daisy Prince   Vocals,Track Performer
Ted Sperling   Vocals
Susan Terry   Vocals
Sandra Wheeler   Vocals
André Gregory   Vocals,Track Performer
Liliane Montevecchi   Vocals,Track Performer
Albanese   Vocals
Jim Walton   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Paul Goodman   Engineer
Jay David Saks   Producer
Zubin Mehta   Director
Harold Prince   Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Director,Producer
J.J. Stelmach   Art Direction
Bert Fink   Liner Notes
Thomas MacCluskey   Engineer
Herbert Ross   Director
Otts Munderloh   Engineer

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