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5 Notable Productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Company

September 16, 2016 by Juliana Panzera
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One of the most celebrated pieces in modern musical theater history, Stephen Sondheim’s Company is the story of Bobby, a perpetual bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his married friends. Filled with upbeat revue-style numbers, Company has firmly held its place in musical theater canon since its 1970 premiere, proving its content (the bizarre nature of relationships) to be truly timeless. Take a look at these notable productions of this classic show:

1. Original Broadway Production

Photo Credit: Original Broadway Production of Company
Photo Credit: Original Broadway Production of Company

Company first arrived on Broadway in 1970, following an out-of-town tryout in Boston. The original Broadway cast included Dean Jones, Donna McKechnie, Susan Browning, Pamela Myers, Barbara Barrie, Charles Kimbraugh, Merle Louise, Beth Howland, and Elaine Stritch. It ran for 705 performances despite receiving mostly mixed reviews.

2. 1995 Broadway Revival

Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

In 1995, Roundabout Theatre Company revived Company on Broadway for the first time following the original 1970 production. Scott Ellis directed the production, which starred Boyd Gaines, Kate Burton, Danny Burstein, Debra Monk, La Chanze, Charlotte d’Amboise and Jane Krakowski. The production closed after playing 43 previews and 60 performances.

3. 2006 Broadway Revival

Photo Credit: Paul Kolnick
Photo Credit: Paul Kolnick

John Doyle directed and choreographed the next Broadway revival of Company, which opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in November 2006 and starred Raúl Esparza as Bobby. The production ran for 246 performances, and won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

4. 2011 New York Philharmonic Concert

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Photo Credit: Sara Krulwich/ The New York Times

In 2011, the New York Philharmonic put together an all-star cast to perform in a special concert production of Company, which was filmed and subsequently released on DVD. Neil Patrick Harris led the cast, which also included Patti Lupone, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Martha Plimpton, Katie Finneran and Anika Noni Rose.

5. 2016 Lyric Stage

Photo Credit: Lyric Stage Company
Photo Credit: Lyric Stage Company

Hungry for more Company?  A new production at Lyric Stage set in the present day breathes fresh life into the classic we all know and love. See it through October 9.

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