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I just into a production of Follies! Does anyone know if there is a lot of dancing? I am mainly a dancer and I hate doing shows with tons of singing and less dancing. Any info helps!

Yay, I'm really excited about this show!

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Y ou are one lucky girl!! no dancing for you but a featured rle in "Follies"!! damn! outstnading!

Hiedi (young and old)sing a wonderful duet in act two..one of the most touvhing pastiche numbers in the show "one more kiss".

the show is rarely done..this is a great accomplishment for you!

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The song is actually called "One More Kiss" :wink:

It is a great show to be a part of. I was in it this summer as Major Domo and Kevin. Young Heidi is not a huge part of the show, but you do get to sing in this beautiful duet, which goes awfully high, and because you are young Heidi and do not really appear until act II, you will probably get to appear in dancing numbers in Act I like "Who's that woman?" Also possibly "Story of Lucy and Jessie" and "Live Laugh Love" which are big dance numbers.

Good Luck and Congrats!

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Is there a lot of ensemble dancing?

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young hiedi appears briefly in the first act as well..when old hiedi makes her entrance.


there is osme dancing 3 or 4 numbers but theshow is..thnak god..not bogged down by dancing.

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Aww shucks. Dancing is my thing.

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Well hopefully even though you don't get to do a whole lotta dancing you can learn something new? That's the most exciting part about theatre, isn't it?

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Good point. :D

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Post FOLLIES: Intermission / Dance
All_For_Laura wrote:
Young Heidi (does) not really appear until act II, you will probably get to appear in dancing numbers in Act I.

Salome wrote:
Young Heidi appears briefly in the first act as well, when old Heidi makes her entrance.

All this Act I/Act II talk is distressing. Follies should play in one act without an intermission. An intermission may seem practical, but dramatically it destroys the build up to the final moment when everything explodes. There also isn't an ideal place to put the intermission anyway; the choice between any two spots is about selecting the lesser of two evils. Wherever you put it, the dramatic arc is compromised and its a very difficult show to get back into if you have that break, for the performers as well as the audience. It just doesn't work as well that way.

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There is some dancing - 3 or 4 numbers - but the show is... not bogged down by dancing.

While I'm certain I agree with an attitude towards musical theatre that excludes dance as an essential element, I think that to look at Follies as a straightforward book and song musical with a couple of dance numbers thrown in doesn't do the show justice. It's a far more integrated piece than that and choreography has to play a far larger role than just as a means of staging the dance numbers like "Who's That Woman", "Bolero D'Amour" or "The Story of Lucy and Jessie". It's one of those shows where you need a great choreographer-director at the helm or at least set of co-directors with one being a choreographer, as was the case for the original production. Hal Prince may have done a great deal of work on the book scenes of the original production, but Michael Bennett probably staged more than half of the show. Dance in musicals isn't limited to what you see in a big dance number and movement is such an integral element of Follies, from the "Prologue" at the start to the breakdown at the end of "Live, Laugh, Love" near the end.

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If I were to place an intermission somewhere, I always thought "You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" would be a potentially good Act I finale.

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