Monday, March 09, 2009

Broadway Monday

Company Company is the story of Robert, a thirty-something bachelor living in Manhatten, his various girlfriends and the different married friends who would like to see him settle down. In a series of vignettes, Robert looks in to the lives of his friends and comes to realize he would be better off married than single. Company cast a clinical look at modern relationships in a way no other show had quite done before.
The arrival of Stephen Sondheim's creation ushered in a new era of musicals for the Broadway stage. In the process, he proved he was the most original voice in contemporary theatre.
Company premiered on Broadway April 26, 1970 at the Alvin Theatre and played for 705 performances. Tony Awards rained down on this production as it was awarded Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, and Best Lyrics. This production also presented us with a brilliant performance by the incredible and unstoppable Elaine Stritch featured on "The Ladies Who Lunch".A 2006 revival production starring Raul Esparsza took home the Tony for Best Revival due in part to the inventive and unconventional adapatation of director John Doyle where as the actors double as orchestra musicians.

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