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  • DONALD JORDAN

    The original production of Follies ruined my life. I have been trying for 45 years to match that theatrical experience. Many hundreds of theatre tickets later, still no dice. I have long considered Dorothy Collins’s Sally one of the greatest live performances I have ever seen. But seeing the photo above, I am struck by how, even in a black-and-white still, John McMartin IS Benjamin Stone. Check out his posture, his presence: he was charming and seductive and wry. One can understand how Phyllis stuck with him and Sally lost her mind over him. And James Goldman’s excellent book did not spell out the character. John McMartin (with a little help from Harold Prince) embodied him. No subsequent Ben has even come close.

  • John Maloney

    Beautiful profile. I had the great good fortune to work with John for a year on the revival of Into the Woods in 2002. Our time together was not long, but his impression on me was immense.

    I don’t know if this is the source of the four french words in his vocabulary – probably not. But here’s a link to a book on Elephants that uses practically the same phrase…

    https://goo.gl/a02PnL

    Roughly translated, in context, the phase occurs in this sentence:

    “I finally understood that the essence of communication with each animal, from the domestic dog to the wild elephant, was not so much about talking to them, as their response.”

    (my French is horrible)

  • John Maloney

    Beautiful profile. I had the great good fortune to work with John for a year on the revival of Into the Woods in 2002. Our time together was not long, but his impression on me was immense.

    I don’t know if this is the source of the four french words in his vocabulary – probably not. But here’s a link to a book on Elephants that uses practically the same phrase…

    https://goo.gl/a02PnL

  • EllenFD

    A wonderful reminiscence and a fitting tribute to one of the unsung true superstars of Broadway.

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