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The first ballot for Lolly and Robin’s Calling Caldecott mock award is now available for your voting. I don’t know if ballot stuffing is possible but it’s WRONG anyway.

Just back from a weekend in New York, where we saw Follies and Other Desert Cities. The former had a great second act and the latter had a terrific final five minutes. Not that I’m particular or anything.

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  1. Glad you got to see Follies. I saw a regional production when I was 12 (of course, not an age to really understand the whole show) and was never really drawn to it until I learned that it was coming to the Kennedy Center with Bernadette Peters. I’m a huge fan and have never seen her in a stage production (I’ve been to her concerts), and I also knew that this also might be my only chance to see Elaine Paige in anything-so I went. I thought the actors were tremendous, the score was sublime–but still disliked the characters quite a bit (and I’m not one that prefers happy musicals). Of course, that’s not the mark of what makes a musical great, but it is what it is. I’m sorry that it probably won’t get a filmed recording.

    Speaking of Broadway musicals and BP–are you planning to watch Smash?

  2. Elizabeth Law says:

    What’s your problem with the first act of Follies? It’s flawed, and I know the second act is a knock out, but the first act still has Beautiful Girls, Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here and Who’s that Woman?–and any one of those numbers as they are performed in this version is worth seeing the show for.

    I agree with you about Other Desert Cities–it’s the end that saves the whole thing, and it’s Judith Light’s comic relief that gets you through till the ending.

  3. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Yes, but in between the great songs all I really had to do was wonder why Bernadette Peters was acting so peculiar.

    I am *of course* planning to give Smash a whirl.

  4. Bernadette Peters always comes across as rather peculiar–nothing unusual there!

    (And I LOVE her.)

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