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Here's one I've never seen but wish I had.  Let's start off with the inimicable Bernadette Peters losing her mind:

Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. The story concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre, scheduled for demolition, of the past performers of the "Weismann's Follies," a musical revue (based on the Ziegfeld Follies), that played in that theatre between the World Wars. It focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone, who are attending the reunion. Sally and Phyllis were showgirls in the Follies. Both couples are deeply unhappy with their marriages. Buddy, a traveling salesman, is having an affair with a girl on the road; Sally is still as much in love with Ben as she was years ago; and Ben is so self-absorbed that Phyllis feels emotionally abandoned. Several of the former showgirls perform their old numbers, sometimes accompanied by the ghosts of their former selves.

The Broadway production opened on April 4, 1971, directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett, and with choreography by Bennett. The musical was nominated for eleven Tony Awards and won seven. The original production, which ultimately lost its entire investment, ran for 522 performances. The piece has enjoyed a number of major revivals, and several of its songs have become standards, including "Broadway Baby", "I'm Still Here", "Too Many Mornings", "Could I Leave You?", and "Losing My Mind".

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Elaine Paige is "Still Here":

Elaine Stritch is a "Broadway Baby":

"Who's That Woman?" was a bit slow to load for me, but it's well worth it:

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 05:00:10 PM PDT

  •  The coffee cup... (3+ / 0-)

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 05:24:41 PM PDT

  •  Yes, yes, YES!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    slksfca, Youffraita

    This is one I've never seen too, but a musical I love. Here's a link to the ibdb.com listing and I would have LOVED to see Alexis Smith negotiating Phyllis Rogers Stone. Important enough to make the cover of Time.

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    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent, and we are all Wisconsin.

    by Dave in Northridge on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 05:56:05 PM PDT

    •  Oh, too cool ~ (0+ / 0-)

      the cover of Life!  Thanks, Dave.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 03:14:59 PM PDT

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  •  One of my all-time favorites (3+ / 0-)

    Dorothy Loudon doing 'Losing My Mind' from the Sondheim Carnegie Hall concert a few years ago:

    I've never seen Follies, except for the concert version that was on PBS, with Carol Burnett, Elaine Stritch and Barbara Cook. It was great.

    There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

    by slksfca on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 06:08:58 PM PDT

    •  Thanks, Silky, she's FABULOUS (0+ / 0-)

      Wow, I wish I'd seen the PBS production with Burnett, Stritch and Cook.  Bet it was fantastic.  I wonder if it's available online somewhere....?

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 03:19:31 PM PDT

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  •  I saw "Follies" in a summer stock (2+ / 0-)
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    music tent when I was a teenager.  I remember it as touching, and sad with the ghosts of the women as they were in their youth.

    I adore Sondheim--I would love to see it again....Company too--I think I was a bit young to really understand them. "Being Alive" cuts me like a knife now.

    "The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them." ~Mark Twain

    by PoliSigh on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 06:23:42 PM PDT

    •  I hope you find this.... (0+ / 0-)

      Here's part one of Company.  I blogged it before.  I'm pretty sure the entire thing is at YT in this production b/c I watched it through once some months ago.  Have at it -- the cast is all terrific:

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 03:23:20 PM PDT

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  •  My wife & I (0+ / 0-)

    Went to see the most recent revival of "Follies" at the Marquis on B'way a few months ago. Though I had heard the music several times, it was my first experience seeing a fully staged production.

    Wonderful production - the casting was spot on, the singing amazing - acting was top notch. The sets/lighting/costumes all very effective and well used.

    I envy my wife - as she's a free lance singer, she often has plenty of evenings free, so she went back 2 more times, including closing night.

    We also saw the NY Phil's semi-staged production of "Company" at Avery Fisher - without going into much detail, I have to say that's the first time in 20 years of seeing NY Phil concerts that I've walked out of Avery Fisher feeling that I had been ripped off.

    "It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins - Political Compass sez: -8.25, -7.90

    by ARS on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 08:37:38 PM PDT

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