Jan Maxwell sings Loving You from Passion [Carnegie Hall, 9 October 2004]
I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but when I think of my son, a Sondheim song comes to mind - “Loving You.” The first line of that song makes me fall apart: “Loving you is not a choice, it’s who I am.” Jan Maxwell
Five times Tony Award nominated and two times Drama Desk Award winner, Jan Maxwell is very well known for her works in musicals and plays on Broadway.
Her theatrical credits include: Follies, Wings, Lend Me A Tenor, The Royal Family, To Be or Not To Be, Substitution, Coram Boy, Cry-Baby, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The Bald Soprano, The Lesson, Sixteen Wounded, A Bad Friend, My Old Lady, Garden, House, The Dinner Party, The Sound of Music, A Doll’s House, Inside Out, Here’s Love, City of Angels and more.
Finally, FINALLY, we have a video of this!!!! The camera zooms in at the end for Jan’s “Hope doesn’t grow on trees…” line. And it is perfect. So perfect.
The first time I saw the show, the image I couldn’t get out of my head was Ron during this last scene. His “I’ve lost my jacket” still makes me full out UGLY CRY. You don’t have to tell me twice that there are people who completely disagree with me…but I absolutely loved his performance in Follies.
This is a true story: I got a fortune cookie and it said, “When winter arrives – good fortune will rain upon you.” And on December 21st – Winter Solstice – I got the call that I was going to be an understudy on Broadway. I remember going out and buying a dress.
You deserved it.
No, literally I had no clothes. I needed it.
TODAY IN THEATRE HISTORY: In 2011, The Kennedy Center’s critically acclaimed production of James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical Follies, opens at Broadway’s Marquis Theatre. The cast is headed by Bernadette Peters as Sally Durant Plummer, Jan Maxwell as Phyllis Rogers Stone, Danny Burstein as Buddy Plummer, Ron Raines as Benjamin Stone and Elaine Paige as Carlotta Campion.