The Theater: Seascape with Frieze of Girls

The frontier of the American musical theater is wherever Harold Prince and Stephen Sondheim are. Last season, the producer-director and composer-lyricist collaborated on Company, which focused a diamond-cutting laser beam on marriage, Manhattan-style. With Follies, Prince and Sondheim, together with Choreographer and Co-Director Michael Bennett, have audaciously staked out some unknown territory. They have put together the first Proustian musical—an act of dramatic creation even more daring than making a Proustian film (see CINEMA).

Compacted of memory, dreams and desire, the illusions and disillusions of love, the shifting structure of the self, Follies fuses all into one of the great haunting themes...

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