Stephen Sondheim - Follies In Concert details
|Starring:||Lee Remick, Elaine Stritch, Mandy Patinkin, George Hearn, Carol Burnett|
Stephen Sondheim - Follies In Concert
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
Most helpful review
DisappointingBy pyekan (40 reviews) from london , 10 Jun 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]A little disappointing.
This is a concert version of the show which contains some of the most tuneful and interesting numbers in all the Sondheim canon. It concentrates on some of these and tells the stories of the actresses as they prepare to perform them. "Broadway Baby" by Elaine Stritch is one of the most successful.
Direct from NY -live and in person!By a customer from Lewes , 17 Jul 2009'Follies' has some of Sondheim's greatest numbers, and the concert version had a fabulous cast, so on the plus side you get glimpses of Barbara Cook doing some of Sally's songs, most notably a superb rendition of 'Losing My Mind', Mandy Patinkin's manic version of 'Buddy's Blues', and Lee Remick dazzling as Phyllis. With George Hearn playing Ben, Carol Burnett singing 'I'm Still Here', Comden & Green duetting 'Rain on the Roof' and Liliane Montevecchi (Ah! Paree!) there is no shortage of talent on view.
It is a shame, given the songs are so good, that we are not given the full versions, with rather too much time devoted to the rehearsals.
The score follows the original Broadway production, of course, and not the later amended (and considerably improved) version of the Cameron Mackintosh London production.
Sheer geniusBy a customer from Buckhurst Hill, Essex , 23 Jun 2009Whilst initially the disc is full of 'lovey' backstage encounters and rehearsals, ignore that and just enjoy the magic of the performances. Sondheim for me is one of the most extraordinary of contemporary musical theatre composers eschewing the 'popular' music and lyrics and giving us instead a whole range of human emotions in words expressed in exquisitely-contrived (and not always easy) notation and orchestration.
It's worth playing more than once on this record - even if it is dated. The lovely (late) Lee Remick and Barbara Cook excel.
Thanks, Oscar Hammerstein II, for taking the young Sondheim under your wing and recognising and encouraging what has become such an amazing, prolific talent. All for our delight.
FolliesBy a customer from Surrey , 01 Dec 2008Self indulgent and truly only for Sondheim diehards. A mouthy Elaine Stritch in beany hat and shorts (p-leeeese) made me switch off early, so may have missed the best parts? Disappointed.
Follies is rightBy Matters (139 reviews) from West Malling, Kent , 04 Aug 2008If you were there and actually saw this show, this DVD is for you. If you weren't there, then this DVD will make you none the wiser. This is not the show, it has a few bits of it, true, but not the entire show. It is a DVD about putting on the show. So if you would like to see the joys of rehearsal, Elaine Stritch without a bra or YouTube quality filming, then this is for you. I'd give it a big miss and I'm a Sondheim fan.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008Firstly this isn't really 'Follies in Concert'. It's a tv documentary of the lead-up to the concert in 1985 followed by edited highlights ofit. Quite interesting but not the DVD I was expecting.
Secondly all you get is the programme, no extras and not even a chapter selection so (on my DVD atleast) you have to watch the whole thing or fast forward to get to the good bits. This was a major dissapointment.
The documentray is reasonably interesting but is essentially stars in rehersal saying how wonderful Sondeim is and how wonderful the rest of the cast is. A bit tedious after 30 minutes. Do watch out though for the bit with Barbra Cook in rehersal with the rest of the cast in rapt wonder except for Elaine Stritch, who couldn't look less interested.
The concert itself is pretty good but as it's the highlights you do find yourself waiting for the good songs rather than appreciating the show/event as a whole.
Overall I'd say it's interesting to watch but a missed opportunity.