Las Vegas-based Image Entertainment will release both a DVD and a videocassette of the 1985 all-star cast and New York Philharmonic concert version of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies on July 24. The Image releases feature material from the two-night only concert engagement of Follies that starred Carol Burnett, Mandy Patinkin, Barbara Cook, Lee Remick and Elaine Stritch. No doubt intending to ride the Follies wave, Image announced its July 24 release just ahead of the opening of Roundabout’s Broadway revival of the show on April 5.
The 1985 Lincoln Center cast featured Carol Burnett, Liz Callaway, Betty Comden, Barbara Cook, Adolph Green, George Hearn, Howard McGillin, Liliane Montevecchi, Phyllis Newman, Mandy Patinkin, Lee Remick and Elaine Stritch. Tony Award-winner Paul Gemignani conducted the New York Philharmonic. Recorded in 1985 using then-nascent digital audio technology, a two-CD set was created and released on RCA Records. According to a company statement, “Image’s release consists of a legendary film documenting the days of rehearsals leading up to the event and, ultimately, the actual history-making performances in front of the who’s who of New York’s theatre community.”
This year, fans of Follies and Sondheim are enjoying numerous opportunities to enjoy interpretations of the composer’s catalog. These include the 1985 Image release, featuring Barbara Cook’s version of “Losing My Mind;” the Roundabout revival at the Belasco, featuring Polly Bergen’s version of “I’m Still Here;” as well as intimate renditions of Sondheim songs from both singers during their respective winter engagements at Feinstein’s at the Regency.