re: Beautifully produced Follies at Carnegie Hall!
Posted by: mikem 10:59 am EDT 06/21/24
In reply to: re: Beautifully produced Follies at Carnegie Hall! - PlayWiz 12:32 am EDT 06/21/24

I give them some slack (maybe too much slack) because it was a fundraiser, which often means that resources like rehearsal time are going to be scant. And the tickets were reasonably priced for something like this, which I think also helps me overlook some sloppiness. And it was this weird cross between a concert and a full performance, where the performers are doing the songs in the context of the show, but not with any directorial theme or arc. I doubt, for example, that all the Sallys got together and came up with a unified vision of the character for this peformance. In that context, I thought Jennifer Holliday's performance was fantastic, but I can see why others would have issues with it. Jennifer Holliday singing "I'm Still Here" as Jennifer Holliday could easily have a lot of anger in it, but I can also see how people would say that Carlotta wouldn't be that angry.

I thought the first half was not nearly as good as the second half. I never paid that much attention to the song order outside of the book before, but, except for "Don't Look at Me," all of the songs up until "The Road You Didn't Take" are pastiches or otherwise relatively light (like "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs"), so I didn't find much emotional heft to the first part of the concert. But starting from "The Road You Didn't Take," I thought there were many highlights.

I think Beth Leavel's struggles with the microphone were real and not just a "bit," but I am completely confused as to why, if her struggles were real, no one came out of the wings to help her. And it went on for a while, and there were other microphones on stage, so maybe it was a bit after all. Does anyone know?
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