Will Rogers Follies” glistens with the addition of Mac Davis in the title role of the performer who became a hero by embodying the common man.
Davis took over for Keith Carradine on Broadway and is again stepping in for Carradine, KO’d by illness, for the rest of the L.A. run. Davis’ introduction alters the focus of the top-drawer production with a more mature but mischievous tone.
Davis plays his comedy with aplomb, and his light, folksy voice never has to press its point. He makes the role entirely his own.
Performed in the context of the Ziegfeld Follies, Rogers warms the audience with his homespun brand of gum-chewing insight.
Interspersed with Rogers’ biographical accounts are astounding dance numbers, all bearing the mark of director/choreographer Tommy Tune’s brilliance.
“Will Rogers Follies” whisks the audience away to a time when Americans had heroes they truly loved, and entertainment that truly entertained.