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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.