AT THIS point, six weeks before its Broadway opening, Follies is not
yet in perfect shape, although it clearly will be soon. A good fifteen minutes of repetition in the first act can be pruned without much difficulty and a few awkward speeches in which the characters point too obviously at their failures during the first part of Act II can be eliminated. Suffice it to say, on the other hand, that Sondheim has composed his richest score (and also his most difficult), that Prince and Bennett have not missed out on any opportunities in their complex staging, and that Boris Aronson has designed a set that in itself evokes the substance of the show it houses.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
From the Past
Frank Rich, writing in the Harvard Crimson, 1971: