Album Release Date: November 29, 2011
This is a two-disc set.
“PS Classics' spectacular new two-disc set now becomes the best aural representation of this Sondheim classic. Krasker's decision to include not only the complete score, but also key dialogue scenes of Goldman's razor-sharp book, provides more purposeful context for all the songs. The painstaking detail and vivid orchestral performance project Follies' ghostly, surreal atmosphere more persuasively than previous recordings.”
“This new recording leaps past the others to share first place [with the original cast recording]; what's more, if you do not have any recordings of the show, I'd suggest starting with this one.”
“This richly produced CD must top any [holiday] list. It’s the American musical at its peak, deserving a place of pride in any show music collection.”
–Stamford (CT) Times
“A real wonder! PS Classics have outdone themselves. This is the recording of Follies that Sondheim fans have waited decades for.
“Simply thrilling! An album that, more so than any of the other existing recordings, allows listeners to re-experience the heartbreaking collision of past and present that's at the core of the piece. It's a glorious recording that will hold a special place in music theater lovers' collections for years to come.
“One of the greatest of all theatre scores gets its fullest recording. The story of a crumbling theatre, a showgirls reunion, and the debris of two marriages all unites beautifully, and you don’t even have to see it to get it. Add this one to your collection if you love the musical theatre.
New Broadway Cast Recording
Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and librettist James Goldman’s landmark 1971 musical returns to Broadway in a production The New York Times raved “[makes] you realize anew just why Follies is one of the greatest musicals ever written.” A bittersweet look at the follies of youth seen through the eyes of age and experience, this new production stars two-time Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony Award-nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony Award-nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award-nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and four-time Olivier Award-nominee Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion, under the direction of Eric Schaeffer. The cast of 41 is backed up by a 28-piece orchestra, conducted by James Moore. Now, PS Classics and producer Tommy Krasker – who has helmed over a dozen Sondheim cast recordings – preserve this unparalleled work of genius in an expansive two-disc set, complete with 52-page full-color booklet with essay, synopsis, lyrics, production photos and a brief note (below) from the album producer.
On December 1, 2011, Tommy Krasker, co-producer of the new Follies album, offered to answer
questions posted at Talkin' Broadway about the recording edition. Because
we've received several requests for it, we're reprinting it here, but
caution that his note is not intended as an overview of the
recording edition, merely a response to specific questions that had been
raised about elements that appear (or don't appear, as the case may be) on
the album. Click here to read his responses.
- "Welcome to our first - and last - reunion..."
- Beautiful Girls
- "You came; you’re really here..."
- Don’t Look at Me
- "I never get to talk..."
- Waiting for the Girls Upstairs
- Rain on the Roof
- Ah, Paris!
- Broadway Baby
- The Road You Didn't Take
- "Bargains, Buddy..."
- In Buddy's Eyes
- "Let's dish. Tell me everything..."
- Who's That Woman?
- "I had a Follies number once..."
- I'm Still Here
- Too Many Mornings
- The Right Girl
- "Men are so sweet..."
- One More Kiss
- "According to statistics..."
- Could I Leave You?
- "You'll make a good wife, Phyl..."
- You're Gonna Love Tomorrow / Love Will See Us Through
- The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues
- Losing My Mind
- The Story of Lucy and Jessie
- Live, Laugh, Love
- End of Show
Listen to and download Jayne Houdyshell's solo version of "Broadway Baby" below: