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|Stephen Sondheim's Follies in Concert|
Actors: Andre Gregory, Arthur Rubin, Barbara Cook, George Hearn, Jim Walton
Director: Michael Houldey
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
The incomparable Stephen Sondheim brought his sensational Follies to the stage in 1971 where it was hailed as "monumental theater" by The New York Times. Fourteen years later, the magic was recreated by an unparalleled gat... more »
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Barbara R. from DAVIS, CA
Reviewed on 10/22/2011...
I had actually been in a community theatre production of Follies years ago, so I was looking forward to having this DVD in my collection. Figured I'd watch just enough to confirm the disk was sound. Ended up watching the whole thing, then and there! Excellent cast, some of Sondheim's best, 5 star all the way.
Too Short a Showing of a Terrific Concert
Dan Sherman | Alexandria, VA USA | 07/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a documentary of a 1985 concert performance from Lincoln Center of Stephen Sondheim's 1971 "Follies." A really great cast of Broadway greats was brought together for this concert that was basically put together is a few days. Although the backstage elements of the show are great (e.g., showing actors working through dance numbers, flubbing lyrics, Sondheim talking with the actors), the real interest of the show is in the performaces themselves that make up about half of the 90 minute documentary. The unfortunate thing about the documentary is that we only see about half the concert, mostly in the form of excerpts. It really would have been much better to see a COMPLETE version of the concert. One really wonders why this wasn't filmed and made available in some format. There is, however, a 2-CD album of the whole concert to fill in the gaps.This concern aside, the concert is a great chance to see the likes of Barbara Cook, Lee Remick, George Hearn, Carol Burnett, Elaine Stritch, and Adolph Green and Betty Comden singing and within the frame of a concert performance) acting their way through one of the great musicals of our age. This DVD is a definite buy!"
Lyn Hollis | Tellico Village, TN | 08/23/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is not "Follies in Concert," it is the reader's digest version. Many numbers have been truncated and many omitted, most notably "Waiting for the Boys Upstairs" and "The Road I Didn't Take." While the concert itself ran over 130 minutes, the DVD is made from a 90 minute video tape. Include the fact that they added about 30 minutes of rehearsal interviews, and the concert is basically cut in half. In addition, the DVD is video tape quality and the sound is unstable. All in all, a very disappointing recording for Sondheim lovers."
This Should Get 5 Stars, But...!
T. Halkin | Munich, Germany | 08/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Thank God that there is a full recording of this evening available on CD, because this video only shows about 45 minutes of the actual concert. Granted, they are 45 minutes that are not to be missed with this brilliant cast and this amazing show from Stephen Sondheim. This is truly a Broadway event. The documentary, which makes up most of the running time of the video is a lot of fun, but cutting the actual concert down to bare bones is a sin. We who adored Sondheim should appeal to the producers and beg that this magical night be released on video in its entirety."