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"Great Performances" Follies in Concert (1986)

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Original Air Date:
14 March 1986 (Season 14, Episode 10)
Film of the legendary 1985 concert performance presented by the New York Philharmonic of Stephen Sondheim's... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Andre Gregory ... Dimitri Weismann
Arthur Rubin ... Roscoe

Barbara Cook ... Sally Durant Plummer

George Hearn ... Benjamin Stone
Jim Walton ... Young Buddy

Howard McGillin ... Young Ben

Mandy Patinkin ... Buddy Plummer

Lee Remick ... Phyllis Rogers Stone

Liz Callaway ... Young Sally
Daisy Prince ... Young Phyllis
Betty Comden ... Emily Whitman
Adolph Green ... Theordore Whitman
Liliane Montevecchi ... Solange Lafitte

Elaine Stritch ... Hattie Walker
Phyllis Newman ... Stella Deems

Carol Burnett ... Carlotta Campion
Licia Albanese ... Heidi Schiller
Erie Mills ... Young Heidi
Ronn Carroll ... Chorus
Susan Cella ... Chorus
Robert Henderson ... Chorus

Frank Kopyc ... Chorus
Marti Morris ... Chorus
Ted Sperling ... Chorus
Susan Terry ... Chorus
Sandra Wheeler ... Chorus
Karen E. Fraction ... Dancer (as Karen Fraction)
Jamie M. Pisano ... Dancer
Elvera Sciarra ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Gemignani ... Himself - Interviewee

Herbert Ross ... Himself - Interviewee

Roy Scheider ... Narrator
Thomas Z. Shepard ... Himself - Interviewee

Stephen Sondheim ... Himself - Interviewee

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Houldey 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Goldman  libretto

Produced by
Ellen Krass .... producer
Thomas Z. Shepard .... producer (as Thomas Z. Shepherd)
Sound Department
Rob James .... sound re-recording mixer
Music Department
Paul Gemignani .... musical director
Stephen Sondheim .... music and lyrics by
Other crew
Michael Bennett .... stage director
Danny Daniels .... choreographer
Harold Prince .... stage director
Harold Prince .... stage producer
Herbert Ross .... concert director
Series Cast
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Fred Rose
Barbara Walsh

Series Crew
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Directed by
John Doyle 
John Glenmeister (episode "Man Who Married a French Wife, the")
Nick Havinga (episode "Girls in Their Summer Dresses") (episode "Monument, The")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marion J. Caffey  creator
Daniel Ezralow  creator
Josh Groban  creator

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Additional Details

90 min

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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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Such a delight to watch, 4 October 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Follies is one of Stephen Sondheim's best from personal opinion. Difficult both vocally and in terms of staging- Sondheim at his most large-scale probably- but the music is simply beautiful and the lyrics clever and witty. The story is very charming and relateable as well. Follies in Concert is a delight, abbreviated rather than complete which may disappoint fans. But because it is so well done and interesting it works just beautifully. Some of the performance scenes are too short and there could have been more too. However, the behind the scenes and rehearsal footage is of great interest, and the performers seem really natural and fully engaged when interviewed. Elaine Stritch's personality just comes to life, and George Hearn from what is heard from it is remarkably candid. The performance and documentary scenes are all well shot and edited, and the sound doesn't undermine the impact of the score too much. The orchestral playing is grand in every word, the rousing numbers have their punch and the more understated ones of haunting quality. The performances are just outstanding and in most cases probably definitive as well, Elaine Stritch and Barbara Cook(In Buddy's Eyes is guaranteed to leave anybody hearing or seeing it in awe) are particularly true to this, while Mandy Patinkin makes the role of Buddy his own and shines doing that and one of the greatest Sondheim interpreters George Hearn sings magnificently with great musicality and technique as well as with a communicative and authoritative presence. Carol Burnett and Phyllis Newman comes across really naturally also. All in all, delightful, very little to complain about apart from some of the performance segments being too short and too few. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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