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Norkin on Sondheim

Some shows are conceived architecturally in such a fundamental way that the rehearsals of necessity have to begin with the setting complete and in place. One such case was Anthony Newley's The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, in which the players performed on an elevated, curved ramp. Another was the original production of O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, where the set was the facade of a dirt farmer's humble cottage. In this case, the scenery shop, located in the West Side's Hell's Kitchen, was convenient for the cast of four, including Wendy Hiller and Franchot Tone, to rehearse with authenticity.

But the Follies rehearsal took place in a scene shop in the South Bronx, otherwise known as Fort Apache, in honor of its knife-wielding delinquents.

After parking on a dark, deserted street, I was admitted in a side door by a security guard. Inside was a large staff and a cast that included Alexis Smith, Gene Nelson, Fifi Dorsay and Yvonne de Carlo. The scenery in question involved multi-level scaffolding, vital to the cast but irrelevant to my needs. Follies proved a highly creative musical, typical of producer Hal Prince, with a generous run and revivals.





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