Company, a famous 1970 musical penned by George Furth and Steven Sondheim, is back in theaters and again enchanting audiences with a fabulous array of musical performances and a captivating storyline. Hailed as an artistic breakthrough on its original performance, Company is a conceptual musical that twists and turns with non-linear plot development and salient, thought-provoking lyrics. The action follows (or rather, unveils) the life of Robert, a man approaching his 35th birthday. With his friends all happily married and encouraging him to do likewise, Robert remains ambivalent to the concept of marriage and questions the arguments and infidelity he sees in among his friends through song. With memorable tunes and illustrative lyrics, tickets to see Company will provide a spell-binding theater experience.
Company is here revived under the direction of John Doyle (Sweeney Todd) and the musical orchestration of Mary Mitchell Campbell. Raúl Esparza (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) takes the lead as Robert, supported by a strong ensemble cast including Keith Buterbaugh (Phantom of the Opera) as Harry and Angel Desai as Marta. Featuring the debut Broadway performances of many of its cast members, this incarnation of Company is infused with a freshness and youthful spirit that compliments a modern revival. Subtle yet impressive sets and costumes are provided by David Gallo and Ann Hould-Ward respectively.
Such is the popularity of Sondheim musicals that demand for Company tickets is high even after 30 years. Such demand is well deserved, this revival production loses none of the spectacular choreography, insightful lyrics or memorable songs of the multi-Tony Award winning original. The exploratory lyrics of songs such as “Sorry-Grateful” and “Another Hundred People” provide a timeless examination of social institutions and their skeptics, while the non-chronological plot structure that was so revolutionary creates a fascinating and original play that truly explores the medium of theater. For a timeless musical classic by a musical legend, find some Company tickets today.
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