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re: What Makes ‘Follies’ a Classic? 7 Answers and 1 Big Problem. by Jesse Green
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 03:12 pm EDT 03/31/21
In reply to: What Makes ‘Follies’ a Classic? 7 Answers and 1 Big Problem. by Jesse Green - dsleft 02:28 pm EDT 03/31/21

***In any case, ambitious musical theater would never be the same; we would not have “Fun Home” or “Hamilton” or “Dear Evan Hansen” without “Follies” hovering behind them, the most beautiful ghost of all.***

What an odd statement. Agreed that all of these recent shows are "ambitious," but in a completely different style from FOLLIES. And if Green is just talking about seriousness of purpose, then of course there were quite a few shows before FOLLIES that had an abundance of same.

***Sometimes — even when Carlotta sings “I’m Still Here” — the vaunted concept seems a bit opaque. (If it’s about her own life, how could it also be her Follies number?)****

I think I'd better let that one go without comment, other than "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Also, Green first identifies Phyllis and Sally as "former showgirls," but later refers to them as "alumnae of the chorus line." (Actually, he refers to them as "alumna," the wrong form of the world.)
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