VSP Welcomes the Patty Duke Fan Club!
Carrie Smith, Vikki, Bill Jankowski (Patty Duke Fan Club President and Webmaster) and Laura Sartin - June 22, 2002
Follies Cast Photo
Run, don't walk, fly, do whatever it takes to get to Los Angeles to see this show. Vikki is great!! You'll love her in the part of Sally. "Follies" has an excellent cast and they don't let you down. This is a must see.
Vikki has a big number in the second act, "Losing My Mind". It is the number of the second act and a show stopper. I was lucky enough to catch Vikki after the show to tell her how awesome "Losing My Mind" was and when she sang that song she was indeed awesome. She looks as beautiful as ever.
Everyone needs to see her in this show.
Jill Adelsberger VSP member - California
Great Luminaries, Flawless Performance
The setting was beautiful. A sense of melancholy filled the stage that was adequately set up as an old theater condemned to be demolished. One by one the ghosts of each character made their presence as their now-middle-aged selves come together to the theater one last time. Carol Lawrence walked in with such flair and presence that set the mood for what would be a flawless performance. Vikki followed, looking stunning in a black pant suit with a red jacket. Her hair and makeup were the ultimate Vikki look. One by one all the other players appeared in such a memorable way that they held the diverse audience captive, young and older alike.
The score and orchestration of the play were magnificently carried by the orchestra. The song selections were spectacular and all the duets and jams were brilliant and Vikki's solo, "Losing My Mind", which she performed wearing the beautiful dark blue gown in which she opened her "Memories, Memorias" in, worked magic. The chemistry between Patty Duke, Vikki, Bob Gunton and Harry Groener made it all seem natural. The young players did absolutely wonderful as the younger characters in the theater.
Follies is definitely a must-see. It was brilliantly performed by each and every player and our Vikki got rave reviews from other people in the audience. Comments such as: "Vikki Carr sounds better and better" and "She's brilliant" flowed thru the lobby of the small theater. Carol Cook, who is just warm, welcoming and beautiful said it best: "She's wonderful". Our Vikki is just as good as it gets. She carried herself divinely and superbly -- and of course, she did it with the poise and humanity that has endeared her to our hearts. Great job Vikki, you really make us feel like special people.
Edyn Lopez - Long Beach, California VSP Officer
http://www.reprise.org/follies.htm (click for info)
Special summer event of 2002-2003 Season
REPRISE! Broadway’s Best
Vikki Carr Patty Duke Harry Groener Hal Linden
Tom Bosley Trevor Brackney Mary Jo Catlett Barbara Chiofalo Carole Cook Grover Dale Melissa Driscoll Kevin Earley Abby Feldman Justine Johnson Jean Louisa Kelly Carol Lawrence Amanda McBroom Austin Miller Ken Page Steven Reed Tia Riebling Stella Stevens Carole Swarbrick Liz Torres Robert Towers Dick Van Patten
Book by James Goldman Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman Music Direction by Peter Matz
10 Performance only at the Wadsworth Theatre
June 15 to 23 (Press Opening June 16)
REPRISE! Broadway’s Best adds a special summer event -- "Follies" for 10 performances only, June 15 to 23 (press opening June 16) at the Wadsworth Theatre. “Follies” with book by James Goldman and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, is perhaps the most celebrated and discussed musical of the post-“Golden” era.
“Follies” stars Vikki Carr, Patty Duke, Harry Groener, and Hal Linden.
The cast also includes Tom Bosley, Trevor Brackney, Mary Jo Catlett, Barbara Chiofalo, Carole Cook, Grover Dale, Melissa Driscoll, Kevin Earley, Abby Feldman, Justine Johnson, Jean Louisa Kelly, Carol Lawrence, Amanda McBroom, Austin Miller, Ken Page, Steven Reed, Tia Riebling, Stella Stevens, Carole Swarbrick, Liz Torres, Robert Towers, and Dick Van Patten.
“Follies” is directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman, who staged “Hair,” “Mack and Mabel,” and “The Boys from Syracuse” for REPRISE! Broadway’s Best, and “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” at the Geffen Playhouse. Seidelman is also directing “Kismet” for REPRISE!, March 18 to 30 at the UCLA Freud Playhouse.
Tickets for “Follies” are available through Ticketmaster Phone Charge at 213/365-3500, www.ticketmaster.com, and through Ticketmaster Outlets at Tower Records and Video, Robinsons-May, The Wherehouse, Ritmo Latino and Tu Musica. The Wadsworth Theatre is located at 11301 Wilshire Blvd. in Brentwood, California.
“Follies” is followed by the regular season at the UCLA Freud Playhouse: “Anything Goes,” September 17 to 29 (press opening September 18), “On the Twentieth Century” January 21 to February 2 (press opening January 22), and finishing with “Kismet,” March 18 to 30, 2003 (press opening March 19). For tickets to these musicals, call 310/825-2101.
"Follies" marries one of musical theatre’s greatest scores (that includes “I’m Still Here” “Broadway Baby,” and “Losing My Mind”) to a story about a party for the closing of the theatre that will be torn down for a parking lot. The partners of two couples, who met and fell and love during the heyday of Follies
revues, have fallen out of love, and during the course of the action they come to
face their present lives with the lost optimism of their youth. The original production of “Follies” was the first attraction at the now closed Shubert Theatre in Century City July 21, 1972.
In the now-deserted theatre, the ghosts of the past co-exist on-stage with their older, middle-aged selves of the present, each living in their own stage space, as well as colliding in musical numbers and book scenes. While the score that Sondheim wrote was entirely new, the songs completely evoked an earlier era, while remaining true to the spirit of its times, the early seventies -- times informed by the Woodstock generation and an America waging the Vietnam war.
At the time of “Follies” premiere, the business of musical theatre was at its lowest ebb since perhaps the 1934-1935 season, the height of the depression, in which “Anything Goes” was the only hit.
The famed New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich, made his reputation at his school paper - the Harvard Crimson - by writing, “Follies is about everything musicals represented for the people who saw and enjoyed them, when such entertainment flourished in this country. Follies will make it clear to you why such a strange kind of theatre was such an important part of the American consciousness for so long … there is no getting around the fact that a large part of the chilling fascination of Follies is that its creators are in essence presenting their own funeral.”
Of course Rich was wrong - the musical did not die -- it evolved. Such are the questions that this musical has posed for more than thirty years. The creators of “Follies” went on to create great musicals. Producer-director Harold Prince, who had produced “The Pajama Game,” “Damn Yankees,” “Fiorello!,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and ”Cabaret” before “”Follies,” and went on to direct “Evita,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and “On the Twentieth Century” (which is presented this REPRISE! season).
With composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, Prince had collaborated on “West Side Story” (for which Sondheim supplied lyrics to Leonard Bernstein’s music), “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and “Company.” After “Follies,” they created “A Little Night Music,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Merrily We Roll Along.” Sondheim and librettist-director James Lapine, then went to create “Sunday in the Park With George,” “Into the Woods” (which is receiving a Broadway revival after a run at the Ahmanson Theatre) and “Passion.”
Their third collaborator, choreographer director Michael Bennett, worked with them on “Company” and “Follies,” and then went on to be the prime creative force of “Seesaw,” “A Chorus Line,” and “Dreamgirls.” James Goldman, who wrote the book for “Follies,” was most known previously for his play “The Lion in Winter.”
REPRISE! Broadway’s Best enterting its sixth season the UCLA’s Freud Playhouse and founded by Producing Artistic Director, Marcia Seligson, celebrates the greatest of American art forms -- the Broadway Musical, presenting the classic and best American musicals of this century. In today’s climate, most of the repertoire of the great musicals are infrequently revived and are unlikely to be given full and elaborate productions. They are in danger of being lost forever, unavailable to new generations of audiences. The REPRISE! commitment is to make this art form a heritage accessible to the Los Angeles community. The musical director of REPRISE! is Peter Matz.
Marcia Seligson, studied classical piano with Danish virtuoso Gunnar Johanssen at the University of Wisconsin, and graduated from Columbia University with a major in music. At Columbia Records, she assisted in the production of original Broadway cast albums. She sang for ten years with the Collegiate Chorale in New York. While enjoying a long and successful career as a journalist and author, she wrote eight published books, and articles for virtually very major magazine in America as well as being a Contributing Editor of Lear’s New Times, New West and TV Guide. She was associated with the Geffen Playhouse production of “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” by Richard Alfieri, with Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce; Seligson, Rodger Hess, and Entpro, Inc. will produce “Six Dance Lessons” this spring in New York.
REPRISE! musical director is Broadway veteran Peter Matz, one of the foremost musical director-arranger-composers in every medium of entertainment. He was the orchestrator and conductor on Broadway for Noel Coward’s “Sail Away” and Richard Rodgers’ “No Strings”; he created orchestrations for Jule Styne’s “Hallelujah Baby” and more recently Tommy Tune’s “Grand Hotel”; on records Matz has arranged, conducted and produced Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick, Melissa Manchester, Kiri te Kanawa, Nancy La Mott, Barbra Streisand, and recently he arranged Barbara Cook’s recording of songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein.
On TV, Peter was arranger/conductor for Carol Burnett’s long-running series, and composed scores for more than fifty TV movies, as well as feature films. Most recently Matz composed the music for “The Gorey Details,” which opened at the Century Center Theater in New York last fall. Matz has been the musical director of all the REPRISE! musicals since its inception.
Calendar Listing for “Follies”
Dates: Saturday, June 15 to Sunday, June 23;
press opening Sunday, June 16 at 5 pm
Theatre: Wadsworth Theatre, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood
Prices: $30.00 to $75.00
Schedule: Saturday, June 15 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Press Opening -- Sunday, June 16 at 5 pm
Tues, June 18, Wed, June 19, Thurs, June 20,
and Fri, June 21 at 8 pm
Saturday, June 22 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday, June 23 at 2 pm
Tickets: Phone - Ticketmaster Phone Charge
at 213/365-3500 or 714/740-7878
Online - www.ticketmaster.com
Outlets - Ticketmaster Outlets at Tower Records, Robinsons-May, Wherehouse Music, Tu Musica, and Ritmo Latino