I never want to see Sutton Foster in Follies. I might be okay with Into The Woods.
I didn’t say I want to see it, only that it feels inevitable.
Sometimes I play a game with my friends where we imagine the entire cast of a show from the past as the cast of a Follies of the future. For example, the cast of Side Show might make a hell of a Follies, with Emily Skinner as Sally and Alice Ripley as Phyllis. Norm Lewis would be a hell of a Ben. Could Hugh Panaro play Buddy?
My friends and I are very gay.
I hasten to add that we don’t just play this game with Follies (although it’s the most fun with Follies). The other day Chris Caggiano began a sentence with the phrase “I’m going to [some theater I can’t remember] to see Chita Rivera and Ben Vereen…” at which point I jumped in with “Please tell me that sentence ends in ‘a revival of I Do! I Do!’”
“Lorelei was a strange animal that got its start in San Francisco when producer Dick York wanted to revive Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, starring Bernadette Peters. Carol Channing heard of the plans, but considered Blondes her private domain and informed producer Lee Guber that she wanted to star in any revivals.”—
Jule: The Story of Composer Jule Styne by Theodore Taylor
I never thought I’d utter these words, but GOD DAMN YOU CAROL CHANNING.
JAY Records is releasing an EP of songs from Ragtime performed by the cast of the 2009 revival.
I haven’t checked out the cast list, but my guess is that they simply waited until the Equity time period for paying them a full week’s salary expired and then paid AFTRA minimum to have them record to backing tracks that JAY already had amassed from the last decade of solo albums featuring original orchestrations.
However they made it happen, though, it’s nice to have at least a smidgen of this revival preserved.
Sort of an odd email from the American Repertory Theater today.
Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey and for your feedback about the production. We are so glad you enjoyed the show and were able to take part in our preview period. There is undeniably a palpable excitement and energy at every performance, and we are thrilled that you were able to be part of it.
You may be aware that this show has attracted extraordinary national attention and the media coverage has been unprecedented. For us, the most powerful feedback has come from our audience in their response to the dialogue surrounding this production.
Thank you for your support, we hope that you will continue to share your enthusiasm for this special production. We hope to see you at the theater again soon.
Grace Geller — Grace Geller Marketing and Communications Associate American Repertory Theater