Our final show of our 90th season is Stephen Sondheim’s Company. Premiering on Broadway in 1970, this musical comedy was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards and took home six. Company features some of Sondheim’s most well-known and acclaimed songs such as “Getting Married Today,” “Being Alive,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and its titular track “Company.”
On the night of his 35th birthday, Robert struggles to think of a wish to make as he blows out his birthday candles. The lone bachelor, surrounded by “those good and crazy people” — his married friends — Robert is uncertain whether he should simply be happy with his lot or whether he should wish for his own romantic partner. Over a series of dinner parties, first dates, and thoughtful conversations, Robert attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage from his diverse and frequently hilarious friends and begins to make sense of his own persistent bachelorhood.
In addition to Robert (or Bobby, Bubbi, darling, or baby depending on who you ask), audiences are treated to a cast of lovable characters. Married couple Sarah and Harry are a foodie and alcoholic who have each recently given up their vices. Former Ivy Leaguer Peter and gracious Southern belle Susan are the picture-perfect couple…and getting a divorce. Uptight Jenny and chic David are high on Robert’s list of friends. Paul and his neurotic fiancé Amy bring an entertaining dynamic when their wedding day arrives. Cynical Joanne and her third husband Larry provide Robert with an older perspective. Finally, Robert’s trio of girlfriends, the naïve April, hip Marta, and small-town Kathy, round out the cast.
The original 1970 production starred Broadway veterans including Larry Kert, Elaine Stritch, and Donna McKechnie. The musical returned to Broadway in the Boyd Gaines-led revival in 1995 and again in 2006 starring Raúl Esparza. The show found a new audience after the 2011 New York Philharmonic Concert. This cast featured stars of stage and screen like Neil Patrick Harris, Marth Plimpton, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Anika Noni Rose, and Patti LuPone. LuPone is set to reprise the role of Joanne in the 2022 revival starring Katrina Lenk as a gender-swapped Bobbie.
Company is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
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