Follies, 1972

Follies drew a huge range of critical response when it debuted. Love it or hate it, the production drew a few Tony Awards for Boris Aronson’s scenic design, Florence Klotz’s costumes, and Tharon Musser’s lighting. Sound was by Jack Mann, but there was no Tony for sound back then, or he might have one too. In his New York Times review of the original, Clive Barnes called it, “stylish, innovative” and “a serious attempt to deal with the musical form.” Then 20-year-old production assistant Ted Chapin kept a journal about every step of the production process that he published as Everything Was Possible: The Birth of the Musical Follies in 2003.

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