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Company - Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy


George Furth, Stephen Sondheim

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

ISBN: 9781559361088

Book by George Furth
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

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Full Length Musical

Dramatic Comedy

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"Company is one of those little-seen masterpieces of the American musical theatre."--Variety. 25th anniversary edition of the landmark work which changed the landscape of American musical theatre.
"There is nothing fragile about COMPANY…it is by turns brassy, brittle, sympathetic, cynical, romantic, calculating and alive-oh so very much alive. It's been a long time since a musical has come along with so many show-stopping numbers... Stephen Sondheim's music and lyrics add up to one of the best scores on Broadway currently... COMPANY is the best musical of the year." -The Wall Street Journal

"Let's hear it for COMPANY, the newest and slickest thing in town. As smooth as the steel-and-glass buildings of midtown Manhattan and as jumpy as an alley cat, it is Broadway's first musical treatment of nerve ends…George Furth's book is diamond-sharp, funny and chilling both. But Stephen Sondheim's while equally scintillating, shine through time and again with a welcome and essential warmth." -Daily News
The musical opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on April 26, 1970. COMPANY ran on Broadway for 706 performances. The musical also went on tour; this year-long national tour featured George Chakiris as Robert and Elaine Stritch as Joanne. COMPANY opened in the West End on January 18, 1972 at Her Majesty's Theatre and ran for 344 performances. The original cast included Larry Kert, Elaine Stritch, Joy Franz, and Donna McKechnie. In 1995, COMPANY was revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company and opened again on Broadway Criterion Center Stage Right. Directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Rob Marshall, the revival cast included Boyd Gaines, Kate Burton, Robert Westenberg, Diana Canova, and Debra Monk. COMPANY also saw a West End revival at the Donmar Warehouse open on December 13, 1996. Directed by Sam Mendes, the cast included Adrian Lester as the first African-American Bobby in a major production. The production was filmed and broadcast by BBC Two. COMPANY was revived once again on Broadway in 2006. Beginning with an out-of-town engagement at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, John Doyle directed and choreographed a revival that opened on November 29, 2006 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Raul Esparza and Barbara Walsh led the cast, with actors providing the orchestral accompaniment. The production was broadcast through PBS and that broadcast was also released on DVD. In April of 2011, Lonny Price directed a staged concert version at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic. Paul Gemignani conducted the 35-piece orchestra. This limited presentation featured an all-star cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Katie Finneran, Christina Hendricks, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose, and Patti LuPone. The concert was filmed and aired in select movie theaters on June 15, 2011.


Expandable casting, Flexible casting

AMY A frantic neurotic engaged to Paul but terrified of marriage. After a mental breakdown, she finally realizes that Paul is, in fact, her soulmate. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: G3 - A5

APRIL A girlfriend of Robert’s. She is a flight attendant who came to New York to live in Radio City. Ditzy and adorable. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: A3 - A5

DAVID Jenny's husband, he is relaxed and always in control. Believes a man should be married and that the sacrifice of freedom is worth what you get in return. Male, 30-40 yrs old Range: B3 - A5

HARRY Sarah’s husband. He is a recovering alcoholic continually falling off the wagon. Believes the advantages of marriage outweigh the disadvantages. Male, 35-45 yrs old Range: A3 - A5

JENNY Quietly manipulative, simultaneously square and wise. Loves her husband, David, and will indulge him from time to time. Female, 30-40 yrs old Range: A3 - A5

JOANNE Acerbic, demanding, and blunt. Too old to be part of the young crowd, but not old enough to be part of the older crowd. Puts on a brassy front that melts when she is alone with her husband. Female, 40-50 yrs old Range: G3 - B5

KATHY An old girlfriend of Robert’s, who is now considered a good friend. She plans to leave the City for a life of domesticity. Sweet and loving. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: A3 - A5

LARRY Joanne's husband. He is stoic and centered, but has moments of goofiness. Indulges his wife’s behavior but knows when to put his foot down. Male, 45-55 yrs old Range: B3 - A5

MARTA A girlfriend of Robert's. Intensely modern, who is seeking adventure and excitement in the City. Female, 20-30 yrs old Range: A3 - A5

PAUL Amy's fiancé. Mildly clingy, but patient to her neurotic nature. He is fully committed to the idea of marriage and encourages Robert to do the same. Male, 30-40 yrs old Range: B3 - A5

PETER Susan's husband. The perfect husband and ex-husband. He is very liberal in his view of relationships. Male, 30-40 yrs old Range: B3 - A5

ROBERT The story's protagonist, he is a keen observer who appears happy but holds pain in his heart. He is the only one of his friends still single. Terrified of marriage and fears a lifelong loneliness. Male, 30-35 yrs old Range: G3 - G5

SARAH Harry’s hyper critical wife. She is an avid learner of karate and tends to overeat. Open, accepting, and full of love. Female, 30-40 yrs old Range: A3 - A5

SUSAN A delicate southern belle. Peter’s wife and ex-wife. Motherly in her affections towards Robert. Female, 30-40 yrs old Range: A3 - A5

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