The most effective musicals can make songs feel like a completely natural mode of expression, as if the emotional potency of the moment couldn’t be adequately conveyed by mere words. Such is the persuasion of Follies, the revered Stephen Sondheim musical that fuses past and present into one impassioned moment. On the surface, Follies concerns two couples reunited for a night at a once-vibrant, now derelict Broadway theater slated for demolition. The theater serves as a poignant reminder of an earlier time when the two women were showgirls, the two men were patrons, and their futures were rife with possibilities. Summoning the ghosts of the past, Sondheim’s compositions purposefully evoke the musical styles of the 1920s and 1930s. Benjamin McGovern directs this production.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Artistry Theater and Visual Arts presents Follies
Starring Twin Cities’ favorites Bradley Greenwald and Melissa Hart, Follies features one of the most haunting and memorable scores by musical theater pioneer Stephen Sondheim. With hits such as “Losing my Mind” and “Broadway Baby,” it begs the eternal question: how do we reconcile our past with our present?
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