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Follies in Concert 

Film of the legendary 1985 concert performance presented by the New York Philharmonic of Stephen Sondheim's classic musical at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The plot of the musical ... See full summary »

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Film of the legendary 1985 concert performance presented by the New York Philharmonic of Stephen Sondheim's classic musical at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. The plot of the musical centers around a reunion of showgirls who appeared in an annual Follies extravaganza when it was staged between the wars. Sally and Phyllis are two of these former showgirls, now middle-aged. Sally is married to Buddy, and Phyllis is married to Ben. Sally is unhappy with Buddy, and still is madly in love with Ben after a brief affair they had when they were younger. Phyllis is going to divorce Ben, so all seems right. But the reason Phyllis is divorcing Ben is because he is incapable of showing real, genuine love. Will Sally truly be happy if she leaves Buddy and marries Ben? Okay, the plot isn't much, but the songs are wonderful. The show features frequent "pastiche numbers" in which other former showgirls perform numbers in the style of the period in which this Follies was staged. These numbers, ... Written by Anonymous

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14 March 1986 (USA)  »

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The original Broadway production of "Follies" opened at the Winter Garden Theater in New York on April 4, 1971, ran for 522 performances and was nominated for the 1972 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book and Score. See more »

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Buddy: Waiting around for the girls upstairs, after the curtain came down; money in my pocket to spend; "Honey, could you maybe get a friend for my friend?"
Ben: Hearing the sounds of the girls above, dressing to go on the town...
Buddy: Clicking heels on steel and cement...
Ben: Picking up the giggles floating down through the vent...
BuddyBen: God damnedest hours that I ever spent were waiting for the girls upstairs!
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A tremendous collection of talent and performances

This rare video has until now been selling for $100, used, if you can find a copy. Now we can own it for a song, and watch it anytime!

See this! It is a wonderful evening, and you'll never forget the thunderous ovation the ladies receive in "Beautiful Girls."


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