Music is a Time Machine - thoughts on 'Follies in Concert' at the Royal Albert Hall

Follies is a musical about time. A theatre is being demolished to make way for a car park, and an old empresario calls the first and last reunion of his Weismann Follies showgirls. This reunion stirs ghosts for many attending, including Sally and Phyllis, who look back on a time before their unhappy marriages, when ‘life was fun but oh, so intense. Everything was possible and nothing made sense’. Muddling its way through pastiche numbers and ending with a set of fantastical ‘follies’, the music of Follies is as evocative of the past as its plot.

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