15 Natural Reactions to Emily Skinner Singing “Could I Leave You” from Follies
September 19th, 2016
by Josh Ferri
Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner is starring as Phyllis Stone in The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies through October 2. If you can get there by plane, train, or automobile, GO! But sadly some of us cannot see this Follies live (which also co-stars Christiane Noll as Sally, Adam Heller as Buddy, Bradley Dean as Ben, and Nancy Opel as Carlotta), but we can enjoy Skinner’s big number “Could I Leave You”.
Here are 15 thoughts we had while watching Skinner SLAY the house down.
So giddy as you get ready to press play.
As the music comes in and you have to remind yourself to breathe and not hold your breath for the entire three minutes.
By the :20 second mark, you realize this is going to be too legit, and in fact you’re probably not ready for the vocals+performance.
How watching this video feels in real time.
OMG that Skinner phrasing. “The world’s best books”. 😲 🙌
When 1:04 comes and you're reaching for a seatbelt.
‘Cause the world needed this GIF.
And this one.
Now it’s 2:04 and you’re at the top of the roller coaster ready to soar with Emily Skinner as Phyllis.
That “Darling, you keep the drugs. Angel, you keep the books.” 2:20
The acting is EVERYTHING.
That big “Will I leave you” at 2:50.
When the song ends.
Letting it sink in but trying to act normal still.
Then immediately pressing repeat.
See Emily Skinner & Co in Follies at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis through October 2.