Wedded to Stephen Sondheim’s intricate score, George Furth’s book of bitingly comic short scenes produced what was, in 1970, a new kind of musical.
Here was a Broadway show driven by concept – in this case, man’s struggle with love and commitment – rather than plot. At a time when Oh! Calcutta! and Hair were pulling crowds with the promise of easy laughs and nudity, this sophisticated musical think-piece became a box office hit and won 6 Tony Awards.
Company introduces us to non-stick bachelor, Robert (Brendan Paul), on the occasion of his 35th birthday. His “crazy married friends” have gathered to celebrate the day and voice their concern about Robert’s singleness. Yet, as much as they would all like to see their Bobby settle down with the right girl (not that any of them would agree on who that might be), they also need him to stay just the way he is: the essential walk-on player in the ongoing drama of their own relationships.
This production is directed by Julie Baz. Spanish-born Sydney based pianist Antonio Fernandez is Music Director and Tracey Blankenship is the Choreographer. Heather Campbell, Maree Cole, Grace Driscoll, Emily Dreyer, Lincoln Elliott, Jacqui Greenfield, Michele Lansdown, Michael McPhee, Alexander Morgan, Bridget Patterson, Brendan Paul, Ileana Pipitone, Marcus Rivera and Richard Woodhouse feature.