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re: Were the general audiences of the original production of FOLLIES expecting something totally different? (long)
Posted by: Gustave 04:57 pm EDT 09/20/21
In reply to: Were the general audiences of the original production of FOLLIES expecting something totally different? - pecansforall 02:20 pm EDT 09/20/21

I saw the original Broadway production, and I'm certain I wasn't expecting to see anything Ziegfeld. I didn't pay much attention to reviews at the time. But the year before I had seen Company -- one of the most thrilling theater experiences of my young life. Follies was disappointing by comparison. I was too young to appreciate the story or the songs. It didn't take long to see where they were going. In fact, the tall showgirl in the mist as the show opened was a giveaway. :) I've seen other productions since, including the original London one, and have come to understand what a remarkable achievement it is. The things I remember most from the original Broadway production: John McMartin in the Loveland sequence -- his breakdown was so real I thought the actor was having a breakdown; Dorothy Collins in a spotlight, looking sexy and singing a sad song -- I had never seen her like that before; but most of all I remember Ethel Shutta, looking a bit like a bag-lady, singing slightly off-beat and doing funny things with her feet, and all the time you had the sense she knew exactly what she was doing. Gustave
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