Monday, October 17, 2011

PS Classics Has Your Ticket to the DC/Broadway "Follies"

Along with their brand-new original cast recording of Maury Yeston's "Death Takes a Holiday," PS Classics is also offering a cast recording of the current Broadway production of "Follies," this one starring "two-time Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, four-time Tony Award-nominee Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, two-time Tony Award-nominee Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, three-time Emmy Award-nominee Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and four-time Olivier Award-nominee Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion."

This "Follies" started at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Eric Schaeffer, cofounder and artistic director of Arlington, Virginia's Signature Theatre. "Follies" played at the Kennedy Center in May and June of this year, transferring to Broadway's Marquis Theatre in September to begin a limited run. (That run has now been extended to January 22, by the way.)

If you've seen the Peters/Maxwell/Burstein/Raines "Follies" and want to relive the experience, or if you won't be able to get to New York before January 22, PS Classics' producer Tommy Krasker may just be your new best friend. Krasker is known for the care he takes in creating these tributes to shows, performers and composers. He sweats the details and we all benefit.

Right now, PS Classics is taking pre-orders, with plans to ship on November 15th.

As I said about the Chicago "Follies" that's playing till November 13, you can never get enough of this particular show. Adding this cd to your collection is a no-brainer. So go forth and pre-order!


  1. Pre-order it, folks! PS Classics deserves our business, and everyone deserves to become as wonderfully obsessed with "Follies" as Julie and I are!

  2. And they should order a "Strike Up the Band," a "Death Takes a Holiday" and at least one "Sweet Bye and Bye" while they're there.

  3. Oh, and also "Life Begins at 8:40," a charming revue that recaptures "the one incontestable hit" show of the 1934-35 season.

    Sorta like the real-life Follies that our "Follies" girls are supposed to have been part of.

  4. ... and the cast albums of "NIne" (c'mon! Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski, Laura Benanti!) and "Finian's Rainbow" (Cheyenne Jackson! Kate Baldwin!).

    Not to mention the Maury Yeston Songbook, with people like Brent Barrett, Sutton Foster, Betty Buckley, Laura Benanti again, Liz Callaway, Brian D'Arcy James, and Howard McGillin.