Beautiful Girl: The Essential Barbara Cook On Disc

By Ben Rimalower
09 Nov 2013

Follies

Tragically, the cast album of original 1971 Broadway production of Follies was severely truncated to fit on LP, resulting in a butchering of a number of the songs. This inspired an all-star 1985 Lincoln Center concert version, led by Barbara Cook in by-then rare theatrical turn as Sally. She is sublime. Effectively calling to memory her own youthful Broadway times in the retrospective sequences like "Don't Look At Me" and "Waiting Around For The Girls Upstairs," Cook's return to the stage powerfully echoes Sally's. And no one else could plumb "In Buddy's Eyes" and "Losing My Mind" and expertly as Cook. This is the epitome of Sondheim performance. This is art.

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