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#1 angelfan

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Posted 05 March 2007 - 07:11 PM

I know this is a bit old hat but why was the original London production of Follies so different to the original Boradway production?  Did Stephen Sondheim not like the original?  Did he want to improve on it?  I saw the production at the Royal Festival Hall which used the original score and have the original Broadway cast recording as it's the closest to the production I saw.  I haven't heard the original London cast recording but know several original songs were dropped and several new ones added.

Out of interest which version was used in the recent concert production at the Palladium?
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Posted 05 March 2007 - 08:13 PM

I never saw it. But I hear the London production was 'easier' for the audience to stomach. It was a Cam Mack production after all

Ben didn't have a break down. Loveland eneded by a reprise of the younger characters singing You're going to love tomorrow and not with the breakdown. B and P's songs changed for loveland

The Road you didn't take was cut  biggrin.gif

Country house was written. Such a fantastic song IMHO

the orchestrations are more smaltzy then the original

It ran for about 2 years and lost all it's investment

The cast recording is rather good

Sorry thats all I know

BTW. Some fantastic clips are around on Youtube

Broadway has been very good to me. But then, I've been very good to broadway.


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Posted 05 March 2007 - 08:35 PM

QUOTE(angelfan @ Mar 5 2007, 07:11 PM) View Post
I know this is a bit old hat but why was the original London production of Follies so different to the original Boradway production?  Did Stephen Sondheim not like the original?  Did he want to improve on it?  I saw the production at the Royal Festival Hall which used the original score and have the original Broadway cast recording as it's the closest to the production I saw.  I haven't heard the original London cast recording but know several original songs were dropped and several new ones added.

Out of interest which version was used in the recent concert production at the Palladium?


Hi Angelfan
The version used at the Palladium is yet another one - the only licenced Concert version. It's the one which was originally done on BBC Radio 2 and broadcast in 1997.
The London 1987 revised version used: Make the Most of Your Music; Social Dancing; Country House; Loveland (different version) and Ah But Underneath
The Concert version includes The Road You Didn't Take; Bolero D'Amore; Loveland (original version); Lucy & Jessie and Live, Laugh, Love.
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London 1987 production

Musical Numbers

Act One

• Beautiful Girls  - Roscoe and Company
• Don't Look at Me  - Sally and Ben
• Rain on the Roof  - Billie and Wally
• Ah! Paree  - Solange
• Broadway Baby  - Hattie
• Waiting for the Girls Upstairs  - Buddy, Ben, Phyllis, Sally, Young Buddy, Young Ben, Young Phyllis, Young Sally
• In Buddy's Eyes  - Sally
• Who's That Woman  - Stella and Company
• +  Country House  - Phyllis and Ben
• Too Many Mornings - Ben and Sally

Act Two

• +  Social Dancing  - Company
• The Right Girl  - Buddy
• I'm Still Here  - Carlotta
• Could I Leave You  - Phyllis
• One More Kiss  - Heidi and Young Heidi

The Follies
o +  Loveland  - Roscoe and Company
• The Folly of Youth
o Love Will See Us Through  - Young Buddy, Young Sally
• The Folly of Buddy
o Buddy's Blues  - Buddy, Sally, Young Sally, Margie
• The Folly of Sally
o Losing My Mind  - Sally
• The Folly of Youth
o You're Gonna Love Tomorrow  - Young Ben, Young Phyllis
• The Folly of Phyllis
o +  Ah, But Underneath  - Phyllis and Company
• The Folly of Ben
o +  Make the Most of Your Music  - Ben and Company

• You're Gonna Love Tomorrow/Love Will See Us Through  (reprise) - Young Buddy, Young Sally, Young Phyllis, Young Ben
• Beautiful Girls  (finale) - Company
+ Numbers newly-written for this production [new version of  Loveland ]



Concert version

Musical Numbers

Act One

• Prologue/Overture
• Beautiful Girls  - Roscoe and Company
• Don't Look at Me  - Sally and Ben
• Waiting for the Girls Upstairs  - Buddy, Ben, Phyllis, Sally, Young Buddy, Young Ben, Young Phyllis, Young Sally
• Rain on the Roof  - Billie and Wally
• Ah! Paree  - Solange
• Broadway Baby  - Hattie
• The Road You Didn’t Take - Ben
• In Buddy's Eyes  - Sally
• Who's That Woman  - Stella and Company
• I'm Still Here  - Carlotta

Act Two

• Entr’acte
• Bolero D’Amore – Vincent and Vanessa
• Too Many Mornings - Ben and Sally
• The Right Girl  - Buddy
• One More Kiss  - Heidi and Young Heidi
• Could I Leave You  - Phyllis

Loveland Sequence
• Loveland  - Company
• You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow – Young Ben & Young Phyllis
• Love Will See Us Through  - Young Buddy, Young Sally
• The God-Why-Don’t-You-Love-Me-Blues - Buddy  
• Losing My Mind  - Sally
• The Story of Lucy and Jessie – Phyllis
• Love, Laugh, Love – Ben

• Finale

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 06:00 PM

I read somewhere that Sondheim was finally hugely disappointed by the London production -and privately called it "Hello! Follies!" because it looked more like a Jerry Herman musical than the bitter metaphor it was supposed to be- and this version of the show can't be performed again.
The Broadway libretto is now the official script.

#5 angelfan

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 07:33 PM

Thanks for the info Lynne.  The concert version is pretty similar to the OBC recording and the Royal Festival Hall production.  I presume they used the same version for the Encores concert on Broadway and will use some or most of this score for the possible film?
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