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"Great Performances" Follies in Concert (1986)

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Original Air Date:
14 March 1986 (Season 14, Episode 10)
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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 M. Krass .... producer (as Ellen Krass)
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

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Additional Details

90 min

Did You Know?

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 »
Young Sally:I may burn the toast.
Young Buddy:Oh, well... I may make a rotten host.
Young Sally:Do tell...
Young Sally, Young Buddy:But no matter what goes wrong, love will see us through till something better comes along!
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Sondheim's Amazing Score Delivered by a Powerhouse All-Star Cast, 13 July 2006
Author: Isaac5855 from United States

FOLLIES was one of Stephen Sondheim's most glorious musicals with one of the most memorable scores he has ever written. A huge score and a cast of over 40 major characters, it is a huge undertaking in any form and this concert version was no exception. FOLLIES was the story of a reunion that takes place in a an old theater, about to be demolished, among several follies performers from the past, now in their 50's, 60's, and 70's, reuniting for a final goodbye to their theater, orchestrated by the fictional theatrical director, Dimitri Wiseman. The bulk of the show focuses on four central characters, Ben, Sally, Buddy, and Phyllis. Ben and Sally were in love many years ago, but now Sally is married to Buddy and Ben is married to Phyllis but old feelings eventually find their way to the surface in this landmark musical. Sondheim hand-picked an a amazing cast for this concert, headlined by George Hearn as Ben, Lee Remick as Phyllis, Mandy Patinkin as Buddy and the legendary Barbara Cook as Sally. Hearn and Cook flawlessly perform the haunting duet "Too Many Mornings" in which Ben and Sally explore old feelings. Hearn also scores on "The Road You Didn't Take" and Cook's rendition of "In Buddy's Eyes" is just breathtaking and has become part of her current cabaret act. Remick has a ball with "Could I Leave You?" and "The Story of Lucy and Jesse" and Patinkin stops the show with "Buddy's Blues." Other highlights include Carol Burnett as Carlotta, singing "I'm Still Here" and Broadway legend Elaine Stritch, who brings down the house with "Broadway Baby". Phyllis Newman effectively leads the female ensemble in "Who's that Woman?" and there is an amazing quartet called "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow/Love Will See us Through" which features BABY's Liz Calloway and Broadway's current Phantom, Howard McGillen. The version I saw on Showtime also includes backstage rehearsal footage, showing longtime Sondheim musical director Paul Gemigiani coaching Hearn and Cook on "Too Many Mornings" and Lee Remick and Patinkin sitting in a rehearsal hall, mesmerized as Barbara Cook rehearses "In Buddy's Eyes." There is even a moment with George Hearn moments before curtain where he confesses to writing lyrics he tends to forget on his hand. This concert is a must for all Sondheim fans and FOLLIES fans in particular, since this is probably the closest thing we will ever have to a film version of FOLLIES. Don't miss it...a joy from start to finish.

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