3.5 Follies!

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Peter & Nathan turn to Sondheim’s 1971 iconic Follies, a show that takes a loving—but brutal—look at nostalgia, camp, the power of memory, and the danger of looking back.

We talk about:

  • The role of nostalgia and the warning articulated in Follies: "never look back"
  • The nature of camp, Susan Sontag’s essay "Notes on Camp" and how Follies explores campiness, drag culture, and the excesses of the 20th century
  • Follies as a show about women and women’s bodies
  • Ghosts, the communion of saints, and the past's impact on the present
  • The spirituality of aging, what it means to be fully alive, and the power of endurance

You’ll hear:

  • The Prologue, "Beautiful Girls," "Broadway Baby," and "In Buddy’s Eyes" as performed by Bernadette Peters, Jayne Houdyshell, Michael Haynes and the company of the 2012 Broadway Revival production
  • The late, great Barbara Cook singing "Losing My Mind" from the 1985 Concert Recording
  • The legendary Elaine Stritch performing "I’m Still Here"—which you have to watch on YouTube and then find all the other women in red singing their Sondheim tributes: https://youtu.be/3Xz1TUgdG6A

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