Prologue / Beautiful Girls – Follies (with William C. White)

Here they come, those beautiful fools. William C. White returns to the show to discuss Sondheim's influence in writing slow waltzes, the original song that was supposed to open Follies, and try to figure out who Lorelai was.

Here they come, those beautiful fools. William C. White returns to the show to discuss Sondheim's influence in writing slow waltzes, the original song that was supposed to open Follies, and try to figure out who Lorelai was.

William's website: http://www.willcwhite.com
William's Twitter: https://twitter.com/willcwhite
William's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/willcwhite

Some of the inspirations Will mentioned are:
Erik Satie's Gymnopédies: https://youtu.be/_fuIMye31Gw
Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G: https://youtu.be/p-u6BGAvmFY
Claude Debussy's Danse sacrée et danse profane, for harp and strings: https://youtu.be/rMRzGjqXChs

The original opening was supposed to be a song called Bring on the Girls. Here's a version sung by Jason Tam: https://youtu.be/JG-Ba7QcfS8

One of the songs Sondheim is using for inspiration in this pastiche is Irving Berlin's A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody. Here' s a version sung by Don Ameche: https://youtu.be/uVip_kTtxq0

You can purchase Stephen Sondheim's first book of lyrics, Finishing the Hat, by going here: https://amzn.to/2LB9ZJo

We are using three productions to frame our discussion of Follies.
The original Broadway cast starring Alexis Smith, John McMartin, Dorothy Collins, Gene Nelson, and Yvonne De Carlo (1971)
You can listen to it on Apple Music: https://apple.co/2xj4Pi7
Or listen to it on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/33zmfDm
Or buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WwbksB

The original West End cast starring Diana Rigg, Daniel Massey, Julia McKenzie, David Healy, and Dolores Gray (1987)
You can listen to it on Apple Music: Not available unfortunately.
Or listen to it on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Un7RKl
Or buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2wqrTvs

The London revival starring Peter Forbes, Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee, Philip Quast, and Tracie Bennett (2017)
You can listen to it on Apple Music: https://apple.co/2Qz2Pt2
Or listen to it on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Unetbu
Or buy it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UplKrd

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