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re: What Makes ‘Follies’ a Classic? 7 Answers and 1 Big Problem. by Jesse Green
Posted by: WWriter 03:49 pm EDT 03/31/21
In reply to: re: What Makes ‘Follies’ a Classic? 7 Answers and 1 Big Problem. by Jesse Green - Michael_Portantiere 03:12 pm EDT 03/31/21

I found this paragraph to be more than a bit odd:

All of the performative songs in “Follies” — the ones sung as if they were real numbers from the past — are pastiches, sampling Harold Arlen (“I’m Still Here”), George Gershwin (“Losing My Mind”), Irving Berlin (“Beautiful Girls”), Sigmund Romberg (“One More Kiss”) and many others. With this catch: In almost every case, they are better crafted and richer than their templates. Which makes their salute to the past a wonderfully complicated, and sometimes cruel, gesture.

Really? Sondheim outdoes Arlen, Gershwin, and Berlin? Really?
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