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re: A few FOLLIES thoughts
Posted by: peter3053 05:29 pm EDT 04/09/21
In reply to: A few FOLLIES thoughts - EvFoDr 01:08 pm EDT 04/09/21

The slow "Broadway Baby" began in "Side by Side by Sondheim" circa 1975 in London. It suited the rhythm of Act One of that compilation show, and built to a big finish, the lighting accompanying it to fullness.

Outside of that context, speaking personally, I dislike the slow version intensely, like you filled with joy when it's sung up to tempo and in the right spirit. The point of it in "Follies" was vibrancy - the three songs that came at that point showed the lasting liveliness of the Follies / musical tradition, and the pleasure was in the pace and verve of the elderly performers, and the contrast between their age and the energy they poured into the songs.
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