Follies: The Complete Recording [1998 Cast Recording]

Follies: The Complete Recording [1998 Cast Recording]


FOLLIES is fabulous. This lavish double CD does more than document New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse's brilliant 1998 production of Stephen Sondheim's now-legendary but little seen 1971 musical; it also collects every lost song ever associated with the show on eight bonus tracks. A large and accomplished cast headed by Ann Miller, Laurence Guittard, Donna McKechnie,…  See more details below


FOLLIES is fabulous. This lavish double CD does more than document New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse's brilliant 1998 production of Stephen Sondheim's now-legendary but little seen 1971 musical; it also collects every lost song ever associated with the show on eight bonus tracks. A large and accomplished cast headed by Ann Miller, Laurence Guittard, Donna McKechnie, Tony Roberts, Dee Hoty, Eddie Bracken, Kaye Ballard, and Liliane Montevecchi bring fascinating new interpretations to this misty deconstruction of show business and its effects on those who toil in it. The dazzling score is among Sondheim's finest and features A-list material like "Beautiful Girls," "Broadway Baby," "Who's That Woman?" and "Could I Leave You?" McKechnie's torrid "Losing My Mind," one of Sondheim's most celebrated songs, is the musical highlight, but it's Miller's volcanic ode to survival, "I'm Still Here," that hits a grand-slam homer.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies opened in 1971, Capitol Records undertook to record the original Broadway cast album. But since the show had an unusually large score and the label opted for only one LP, a significant part of its music went unrecorded. Other labels have been trying to make up for that ever since. In 1985, RCA Victor Records recorded a concert version of the show specifically intended to right the initial wrong, and Follies in Concert covered two LPs. In 1987, a revised version of Follies ran in the West End, and when First Night Records issued the original London cast album, it had two CDs and was billed as "the first complete recording," even though it was missing songs that had been cut for this production. Eleven years later, TVT Records has recorded a celebrated regional production of the show from the venerable Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. It's another two-CD set, and once again the album cover prominently displays the claim "The Complete Recording." Actually, the album comes closer to justifying that boast than any of its predecessors, though it doesn't quite do so. Regional stagings don't usually get cast albums, but they also don't usually have casts like this, full of Broadway and Hollywood stars like Donna McKechnie (as Sally, one of the four leads), Tony Roberts (as Buddy, another of the leads), Ann Miller (as Carlotta, singing "I'm Still Here"), and Kaye Ballard (as Hattie, singing "Broadway Baby"). Phyllis Newman and Liliane Montevecchi, meanwhile, return from Follies in Concert to repeat their specialties. Given the extensive revisions inserted into the 1987 London production, it is interesting to note that this version largely returns to the original. Lyrics that were altered for London have been changed back, and songs such as "Country House" and "Make the Most of Your Music," which replaced "The Road You Didn't Take" and "Live, Laugh, Love," have been dropped, with the earlier songs restored. The only "fix" that remains from London is the substitution of "Ah, But Underneath" for "Lucy and Jesse," Sondheim explaining in a sleeve note that the former song was written for London's Diana Rigg, who was more of an actress and less of a dancer than the "Lucy and Jesse" production number called for; here it is effectively performed by Dee Hoty. Adding to the "complete" aspect of this recording is the inclusion at the end of the second disc of eight cut songs (not including the other London ones), among them "Lucy and Jesse." These songs are often just as good as the ones in the show, and they are given superior performances. There would have been room left on the CDs for the London songs, which might have really made this "the complete recording," but at two hours of music, it's close enough.

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Disc 1

  1. Prologue/Overture
  2. Beautiful Girls
  3. Don't Look at Me
  4. Waiting For The Girls Upstairs  - Meredith Patterson
  5. Rain On The Roof
  6. Ah, Paris!
  7. Broadway Baby
  8. The Road You Didn't Take
  9. Bolero D'Amore
  10. In Buddy's Eyes  - Danette Holden
  11. Who's That Woman?
  12. I'm Still Here
  13. Too Many Mornings  - Danette Holden

Disc 2

  1. The Right Girl
  2. One More Kiss  - Ingrid Ladendorf
  3. Could I Leave You?
  4. Love Land
  5. You're Gonna Love Tomorrow/Love Will See Us Through  - Meredith Patterson
  6. The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues  - Pamela Jordan
  7. Losing My Mind
  8. Ah, But Underneath
  9. Live, Laugh, Love
  10. Finale  - Meredith Patterson
  11. Bring On The Girls  - Vahan Khanzadian
  12. Can That Boy Foxtrot!
  13. Pleasant Little Kingdom  - Danette Holden
  14. All Things Bright And Beautiful  - Danette Holden
  15. That Old Piano Roll
  16. Who Could Be Blue?/Little White House
  17. Uptown Downtown
  18. The Story Of Lucy And Jessie

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kaye Ballard   Vocals,Track Performer
Jay Berliner   Guitar
Tony Roberts   Vocals
Martin Agee   Violin
Lamar Alsop   Viola
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Violin
Bruce Bonvissuto   Trombone
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
John Campo   Woodwind
Barry Finclair   Concert Master
David Gale   Trumpet
Jack Gale   Trombone
Larry Lunetta   Trumpet
Ann Miller   Vocals,Track Performer
Sharon Moe   French Horn
Eugene J. Moye   Cello
Brian O'Flaherty   Trumpet
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Seymour Red Press   Woodwind
Matthew Raimondi   Violin
John Redsecker   Drums
Rogers   Violin
Dick Sarpolo   Bass
Scott   Woodwind
Richard Sortomme   Violin
David Tofani   Woodwind
Jonathan Tunick   Conductor
Masako Yanagita   Viola
Frederick Zlotkin   Cello
Phyllis Newman   Vocals
Robert Ingliss   Woodwind
Dale Stuckenbruck   Violin
Thad Wheeler   Percussion
Maura Giannini   Violin
Natalie Mosco   Vocals,Track Performer
Alva Hunt   Woodwind
Richard Heckman   Woodwind
Beth Robinson   Harp
Laurence Guittard   Vocals,Track Performer
Dee Hoty   Vocals,Track Performer
Donna McKechnie   Vocals,Track Performer
Jillana Urbina   Vocals,Ensemble
Mia Wu   Violin
Jean Marie   Vocals,Ensemble
Billy Hartung   Vocals,Track Performer
Liliane Montevecchi   Vocals,Track Performer
Carol Skarimbas   Vocals,Track Performer
Jeff Siebert   Ensemble
Robert Stoeckle   Ensemble
Richard Sarpola   Bass
Donald Saddler   Track Performer
Michael Gruber   Vocals,Track Performer
Arte Phillips   Vocals,Ensemble
Peter Davenport   Vocals,Ensemble
Tony Roberts   Track Performer
Danette Holden   Vocals
Meredith Patterson   Vocals
Ingrid Ladendorf   Vocals,Ensemble
Pamela Jordan   Vocals,Ensemble
Vahan Khanzadian   Vocals
Dave Eggers   Ensemble
Shawn Emamjomeh   Ensemble
Julie Connors   Vocals,Ensemble
Laura Kenyon   Vocals
Mary L. Rowell   Violin
Pascale Faye   Vocals,Ensemble

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Contributor,Executive Producer,Annotation
Kaye Ballard   Contributor
Hillary Knight   Original Cover Artwork
Ann Miller   Contributor
Frank Richard   Liner Notes
Jonathan Tunick   Producer
Phyllis Newman   Contributor
Mike Joyce   Art Direction
Patricia Joseph   Contributor
Robert Sher   Producer
Donna McKechnie   Contributor
Theodore S. Chapin   Liner Notes
Liliane Montevecchi   Contributor
Donald Saddler   Contributor
Paul McKibbins   Producer
Gary Chester   Engineer

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