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We have a confession to make. While we think Stephen Sondheim is a genius - without question - we find his body of work to be hit or miss.

Some of his musicals are epic and timeless classics. While we find some others difficult to sit through. That was the case with our last Sondheim experience, when we saw the awful revival of Company on Broadway. We loved Raul Esparza in that revival, but we did not like the production - nor are we a fan of the show.

We'd never seen Follies before, so we weren't quite sure what to expect when we caught it Friday night on Broadway. THANKFULLY, we loved it!

Sure, the first act starts off very slowly, but once the stakes raise and the emotions intensify, it quickly became a very gripping show! And the music! Wow! Some of Sondheim's best work!

I'm Still Here, Broadway Baby, and In Buddy's Eyes - to name a few!

And, WOW, did this production feature an all-star cast! Bernadette Peters was fabulous! That voice is like honey! And STILL flawless! She told us backstage she doesn't smoke or even drink - and you could tell! She really protects her precious instrument and her voice is still something to be experienced!

Elaine Paige was fabulous, but her role is very supporting.

The real revelation in this production was Jan Maxwell. We'd never seen her in anything before and weren't familiar with her, but we are now obsessed! Wow! Wow! Wow! She was soooooooo good!

Really enjoyed Follies!

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22 comments to “Life's A Great Big Follies



  1. 1

    I thought that looked like Bernadette Peters, but who the hell is Bernadette Peter? Do you really care so little about the people you chase down to get your picture taken with that you don't bother to actually learn their names?



  2. 2

    Love you & Bernadette Peters, so a photo of you both is flawless honey to me!

    Cheers!
    Lulu

    PS. I'd like to send you an ebook of my new essay collection, Does This Pink Slip Make Me Look Fat? Tales of Job Loss, Weight Gain & Sweet Revenge!



  3. 3

    wow Bernadette still looks fabulous!!!



  4. 4

    "Thankfully" you loved it? Phew. The Theatre can sleep easy now! (And by the way, despite your take on it, Company is pretty much recognized as the show that revolutionized the post-Oklahoma! musical stage and paved the way for A Chorus Line).



  5. 5

    Thank heavens you liked it. He would have been crushed.



  6. 6

    i thought Bernadette Petres was good, and Jan Maxwell was amazing, but the show was really uneven. Some parts ware amazing, alot of parts really boring. Did have a good time afterwards at Boubon Street Restaurant/Bar!



  7. 7

    You're an delusional man, aren't you? Do you really think Mr. Sondheim would have been crushed had you not liked it, nevermind the fact that the musical has been around for years? I went to the Sondheim Birthday concert last year in NYC. THAT was amazing. You needing a photo with every possible "celeb" just so you can make yourself look good, is not.



  8. 8

    Key-Rist - isn't this chick like, 100 years old ? ! Waaaaaaaaaaay to much work done ! Woof ! Cat Woman ! And, a c-lister, fer sure !



  9. 9

    Perez is having delusions of grandeur re his approvals/dis-approvals … ? This site is attracting a lot less traffice than it used to, especially now that the 'nasty' factor is gone - supposedly ! I don't even see him of DWTS when it is closed …just say'n .



  10. 10

    Wow she looks so amazing!



  11. 11

    Poor Bernadette - she looks like she is holding her nose - as if Perez has just let go a big one, or has major B.O.

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    12

    Mario, is Peter Dinklage your father?



  13. 13

    Re: Rohan – You know, I don't mean to this to be disrespectful to people who have achondroplasia, but he DOES have the features most commonly found in dwarfism. It is an insult to Peter Dinklage who is actually an amazing actor. I've often wondered that myself.



  14. 14

    Bernadette Peters seems like she never ages. She is still beautiful.



  15. 15

    wow she's had a lotta work done on her face. Sad how some feel the need to look the same for all eternity. We all know how old you are so nobodies fooled!



  16. 16

    Perez hun learn to how to put your face in pictures. Just cause you lost weight doesn't mean that everyone has to take a look up your nose.



  17. 17

    You don't know shit about Broadway Perez…the Company revival with Raul was GENIUS! You're really not that smart.



  18. 18

    she is such a massive talent in such a tiny package!!
    very few "actors" can perform live - night after night
    extremely difficult to do -the test of a true actor
    you can't cut and redo 50 times for one right moment like you can in movies- that's why you don't see very many movie/TV actors taking a shot at Broadway..they just don't have the real talent
    Brodadway is like getting a 1 3/4 hour movie perfect in the first take-scene after scene…you never see that done..ever!!
    yet Bernadette and a group of other talented performers (dancers/singers/actors) make it look so easy that we don't always appreciate their remarkable skills



  19. 19

    Re: Lasqueesha – You know it might be the pic I saw her on Grey's and she looked lovely but she had lines around her eyes and mouth that come w/ age. She didn't have pillow face.



  20. 20

    WHAT?!?! Company is one of Sondheim's best! The best music. Did you see the concert film with Neil Patrick Harris? Check it out. It/He will make you love the show. It's so much better than the recent revival with Raul.

    No two ways about it; Bernadette Peters is a GOD! Period.



  21. 21

    Up close it is apparent BP is simply a natural woman that treats her body well & like the fine instrument it is. Stays out of the sun, and uses real sunscreens containing Mexoryl is my guess. No work done at all, but does that even matter? More importantly she has raised millions,easily millions AND MILLIONS for charity originally and specifically for the LGBT Broadway Cares and Equity Fight Aids, Broadway Barks and many other charities. She gives to the greater good, and appears to take nothing for granted. How many people do you know that live their lives like that? Not enough.



  22. 22

    Jan Maxwell is AMAZING! She should be a huge star!!!