Director Julie Baz
Music Director Antonio Fernandez Choreographer Tracey Blankenship
Designer David Jeffrey
On the night of his 35th birthday, Robert struggles to think of a wish to make as he blows out his birthday candles. The lone bachelor, surrounded by “those good and crazy people” - his married friends - Robert is uncertain whether he should simply be happy with his lot or whether he should wish for his own romantic partner.
Over a series of dinner parties, first dates, and thoughtful conversations, Robert attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage from his diverse and frequently hilarious friends and begins to make sense of his own persistent bachelorhood.
COMPANY, Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking modern musical, is a mature, intelligent, and wildly funny look at relationships, vulnerability, and “being alive.”
American composer Stephen Sondheim was born on March 22, 1930, in New York City. After early practice at songwriting, his knowledge of musical theater was influenced by master lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, who served as a mentor. Sondheim's contributions to West Side Story and Gypsy in the 1950s brought him recognition as a rising star of Broadway. Known for the startling complexity of his lyricism and music, his major works for the theatre also include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park With George and Into the Woods.
The actor and playwright George Furth had a prolific career as a performer, but will be best remembered for his collaborations with the composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, notably as librettist for the musicals Company (1970) and Merrily We Roll Along (1977). COMPANY, which has been revived twice on Broadway and once in London, won him a Tony award, and though Merrily We Roll Along was a disastrous flop initially, it has been revised and revived successfully several times, and its score is considered one of Sondheim's finest. Furth also had a hit with a play, Twigs (1971), and collaborated with Sondheim on a comedy-thriller, Getting Away With Murder (1995).
The Depot Theatre presents
Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM Book by GEORGE FURTH
Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia
DATES: 14 Nov - 1 Dec 2018
TIMES: 8pm Wed-Fri, 2pm & 8pm Sat - 140 minutes including interval
TICKETS: $45 full | $38 conc | $32 cheap Wed & previews