BMT is enormously proud to present this highly acclaimed, musical from the pen of a legend of Broadway Musical Theatre Stephen Sondheim. A huge success when first performed in 1970, this ground-breaking modern musical will make you laugh all evening and stay up thinking about it all night afterwards.
COMPANY is a mature, intelligent, honest look at modern adult relationships and vulnerability; smartly written, funny, poignant, with clever poetic lyrics and beautiful music,
a brilliantly brisk and energetic score, featuring some of Sondheim’s most soaring and beautiful ballads “Being Alive”, arguably his best cabaret standard “Ladies Who Lunch”, the
notoriously tricky rat-a-tat patter song “Getting Married Today” and almost certainly his
most infuriatingly clever rhyme “You Could Drive a Person Crazy”.
COMPANY is silly and sophisticated, deeply insightful, intimate and in-tune with the currents of modern life, brilliantly conceived and downright hilarious. A playful slap and honest tickle and one of the 20th century’s greatest musicals gorgeously realised, and refined, to reflect the moment and insights on love and imperfect companionship.
The strength of the piece lies in its vivid yet real characters, every audience member will see reflections of themselves in at least one of the characters on stage, characters you can
COMPANY is laced with funny quips and relatable lines that makes it easy to laugh at these normal characters, and therefore, laugh at ourselves!
SYNOPSIS: On the night of his 35th birthday, Robert struggles to think of a wish to make as
he blows out his birthday candles. He seems to have everything: good looks, charm and a
great sense of humour, and yet he is single. Through the eyes of our confirmed bachelor,
Bobby, surrounded by “those good and crazy people — his married friends” and several
girlfriends , over the course of several dinner parties, drinks, first dates, thoughtful
conversations, and even a wedding, attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage
from his diverse and frequently hilarious friends, reflecting on the joys and pitfalls of
relationships and aspects of marriage and begins to make sense of his own persistent
bachelorhood. Bobby is uncertain and forced to question his attitudes about relationships
and to confront his fear of commitment and whether he should simply be happy with his lot or whether he should wish for his own romantic partner and settle down.
One of Sondheim’s greatest gifts was to write a show so layered and so meaty that whatever context you see it in, it will feel tailor-made for that moment in time.
COMPANY will leave you sorry-grateful, regretful-happy.
“Love is Company.”
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