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The Crescent Theatre Company presents

Company

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth

Sat 18th – Sat 25th September at 7.45pm Ron Barber Studio Theatre (no performance Monday)
Matinees: Sun 19th & Sat 25th September at 2.45pm
After Dark: Fri 24th September

Single and the City; two things Bobby lives for. His friends, most of them married and all of them couples fail to see how he can be truly happy. The lights and sights of NYC, the good and crazy people that are his friends are all he needs, it's Company.

It’s Robert’s 35th birthday, he seems to have everything: good looks, charm, and a great sense of humor. Nevertheless, he is still single. Living in New York, his closest friends comprise 5 married, once married or soon to be married couples and tonight they are throwing him a birthday party during which, Robert analyses his life and the relationships of his friends, at best a mixed advertisement for matrimony. He observes them and can’t decide whether to commit, having so far been unable to commit to a long-term relationship even with himself! The relationships are presented in a series of ‘sketches’, through his eyes. Each vignette, moments in Robert’s life where he inches closer to understanding what a relationship might entail, shows how single life is sometimes disappointing, and why he might be ready for commitment….. or not!

During its 2 year initial run on Broadway, the show went on to win 6 Tony Awards including "Best Musical."

Company is among the first musicals to deal with more adult problems through its music. As Sondheim put it, "they are middle class people with middle class problems". It is also one of the first musicals where the songs commented on the characters in the play instead of furthering the plot, a device which became a standard of Sondheim's.

Among the memorable songs in the show are "The Little Things You Do Together", "Sorry-Grateful", "Another Hundred People", "Getting Married Today", "The Ladies Who Lunch", "Being Alive", and the title song ”Company”.

Company is to be performed in the Ron Barber Studio, has a minimum setting and relies heavily on the intimacy of the venue and the superb music and intricate lyrics of Sondheim.

Originally produced on Broadway by Harold Prince

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LTD, on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK

Tickets: All Seats £10.00 (No Concessions)
Sunday Matinee All Seats £5

Box Office: 0121 643 5858
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