I caught a preview of ‘Follies’ during a college break because ‘Company’ had knocked me out the previous fall.
I didn’t really know what to expect but the show seemed more in tune with the great movies of that period than the other Broadway shows of the era. It was clear right from the start that Prince and Bennett were taking a cinematic approach (especially with those giant showgirl ghosts drifting around the stage).
The show still had an intermission at the preview I saw, right after ‘Who’s That Woman’ brought down the house. I thought the beginning of Act II was so clever (reprising the end of ‘Who’s That Woman’ - picking up right where we left off).
I was too young to identify with the characters but loved the show anyway for its sheer ambition.
I’ve seen subsequent revivals but they were missing two of the key elements of the original production - Boris Aronson’s scenic design and Florence Klotz’s awesome costumes.
I returned to college dying to get the original cast album when it was released, only to be terribly disappointed with the one disc edit of that great score that was released later that spring. If only Prince had gone with Columbia Records!