Monday, May 07, 2012

"There just isn't another show like this"

Though the 1971 Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical "Follies" puts male-female relationships under a microscope with its probing exploration of unhappy showbiz marriages and broken dreams, most would agree that this show belongs to the women.

"If you think of all the specialty numbers throughout, it really is female-oriented," says Eric Schaeffer, director of the Broadway production opening Wednesday at the Ahmanson Theatre, which was nominated last week for eight Tony Awards, including revival of a musical. "When has there been a show that has as many leading women and supporting women? There just isn't another show like this."

Above:  Elaine Paige and the male ensemble of "Follies" (Credit: Joan Marcus).,0,783037.story

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