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A CurtainUp Review
The Greenwich Village Follies

We think your gonna like us, but if we are wrong/We promise that the show won't be long.— Troupe
Greenwich Village Follies
The cast of Greenwich Village Follies
New York City has many legendary neighborhood. But there is none quite as colorful as Greenwich Village. The Greenwich Village Follies celebrates the city's most beloved neighborhood in song (music and lyrics by Doug Silver) and story (book and lyrics by Andrew Frank). And it does so with great enthusiasm and style.

Director John-Andrew Morrison, who also serves as master of ceremonies, heads a terrific troupe that draws its inspiration from vaudeville but manages to give old-style routines a thoroughly modern twist. These talented performers (Meghann Dreyfus, Patti Goettlicher, John-Andrew Morrison and Guy Olivieri the night of this review) produce a perfect mixture of the sincere and the frivolous moments in Village history, from George Washington singing "My heart belongs to Washington Square" to the tongue-in-cheek dancing of the Stonewall protesters.

After a melodious celebration of the original Lenape tribe, the Sapokanican, the troupe sings a tribute, in Newyorkese, to the city's best known founder, "Oh, Peter, or the Day We Became New Yorkers" ("I think your wooden leg is a bit too tight"). Other famous individuals singled out for recognition include poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and gothic writer Edgar Allen Poe.

The Village's reputation for extravagance, innovation and alternative life styles is extolled in "Smoke, Smoke," "Dildo" and "Stonewall Girls." But the Follies is not all carefree song and dance.

Morrison's heartfelt rendering of the New Amsterdam slaves' (successful) plea for freedom, "The Eleven of Us," highlights the horrible institution this country was founded on. Goettlicher and Dreyfus, on the 100th anniversary of theTriangle Shirtwaist Fire, give the testimony of two witnesses to this low point in American labor in the plaintiff "On Our Corner.". Both songs bring home the less noble aspects of American history.

History buffs can show their stuff in The Village Follies Fact Contest. The lucky winners will even go home with a prize! And every night there's a special guest performer. For this reviewer, it was the effervescent and hilarious team of Mel & El, who have described themselves as "a musical Laverne and Shirley meets Sex and the City."

Although much of The Greenwich Village Follies celebrates the famous people who have passed through or lived in the Village, the show recognizes that "for every name we remember there's a thousand that we don't.". Along with nods to Martha Graham; the Beat poets; Peter, Paul and Mary; and The Fantasticks and Hair, there's also a salute to those valiant souls who resisted the Grid, which reorganized and standardized the streets of New York, allowing the Village to remain a neighborhood filled with those surprises that can only come to the lost and wandering.

Perhaps this is the heart of the Greenwich Village captured in this show that's derived from the original Greenwich Village Follies of 1922. Skyscrapers and suits may have taken over Uptown. But New Yorkers and visitors to this city can always take refuge in this neighborhood that has remained a village at heart, a community whose heart and soul cannot be contained in carefully drawn lines and limits.

The Greenwich Village Follies
Music and Lyrics by Doug Silver
Book and Lyrics by Andrew Frank
Directed by John-Andrew Morrison
Based on an original concept by Fran Kirmser
Company Members: Meghann Dreyfuss, Kevin R. Free, Chris French Patti Goettlicher, Alyssa Malgeri, John-Andrew Morrison, Nikki Jenkins, Guy Olivieri
Production Stage Manager: Christina Hurtado
Stage Manager: Derek shore
Piano: Michael Harren
Percussion: Spencer Cohen, Bryan Bisordi
Production Assistants: Greg McGoon, Lauren Arneson
Running Time: 80 minutes
Manhattan Theatre Source, 177 MacDougal Street between 8th St. & Waverly Pl.
From 3/31/11; opened 6/28/11; open-ended run
Sunday at 7pm

Tickets: $35 (866) 811-4111
Reviewed by Paulanne Simmons June 28, 2011
Musical Numbers
Opening Theme
Washington Square
Sapokanican (1620)
Oh, Peter, or the Day We Became New Yorkers (1664)
The Eleven of Us (1640s)
Smoke, Smoke (Hey Man)
Resist the Grid (1811)
Potters Field/Tell-Tale Heart (with text by Edgar Allen Poe, 1843)
The Village Follies Fact Contest
The Dream (Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1917)
On Our Corner (March 25th, 1911)
Splatter Me All Over (1940s)
Collage (various authors, 20th century)
Stonewall Girls (June 28, 1969)
Closing Theme
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