Live, Laugh, Love – Follies (with William C. White)

It's not exactly the play where everything goes wrong, but it feels like it! Ben tries to put on a smiling face, dance, and be charming but the show is crumbling around him. William White returns to the podcast to close out the Follies season.

It's not exactly the play where everything goes wrong, but it feels like it! Ben tries to put on a smiling face, dance, and be charming but the show is crumbling around him. William White returns to the podcast to close out the Follies season.

William's brand new podcast The Classical Gabfest: https://cgf.buzzsprout.com

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

This song is a pastiche of a specific performer. That performer is Fred Astaire. Here he is singing Isn't This a Lovely Day (To Be Caught in the Rain): https://youtu.be/dl6FLfHTC68

And here he is again singing Never Gonna Dance: https://youtu.be/DYcw0YjO81Y

Jerry Reed's Mister Whiz: https://youtu.be/EvmMLiOCE0I

Luciano Berio's Sinfonia Section III: https://youtu.be/ifHDrveARDk

All of Sondheim's Tony wins: https://youtu.be/whXMi5Pqf3k

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

Our sponsors this week are:
  1. The Shared Mic podcast - https://thesharedmic.blubrry.net - The first season brings together people from all ages, stages, and backgrounds to discuss topics like finding love, belonging, and moving to Canada.
  2. ATB Goodness Grows - atb.com/covid-19/community - an initiative that motivates Albertans to bring joyful moments to others.
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