Company

Shimberg Playhouse @ the Straz Center

Synopsis

From musical theatre’s most renowned composer, Company is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre and the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

Company features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim’s best known songs. The strength of the piece lies in its vivid yet real characters, meaning impressive technical aspects aren’t necessary to convey the story. It can be told as effectively with a cavalcade of automated set pieces as it can with a chair or two. Every audience member will see reflections of themselves in at least one of the characters onstage.

Company Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

June 15 – July 2, 2017

Book by George Furth
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Direction by Anthony Paul Gilkinson & Donald B. Holt, Jr.
Music Direction by Deborah D. Lynch

June 15 – July 2, 2017
Thurs-Sat: 8 pm, Sun: 2pm
Tickets: $25
Shimberg Playhouse @ the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Cast & Crew

Starring
Ricky Marenda as Robert
Lisa Prieto & Peter A. Belk as Amy & Paul
Jen Martin & Justin Batten as Susan & Peter
DeAnna McMahan & Bill Rolon as Sarah and Harry
Francesca Guanciale Jay & Jay Morgan as Joanne & Larry
Heather Lynn Mendoza & R. James Faurote as Jenny & David
Jessica Moraton as Marta
Kelsey Ehrensberger as Kathy
Lindsay Yarbrough as April
Harrison Lorenzen
as Waiter

Accompanied by
Deborah D. Lynch – Conductor/Piano
Michael Batton – Guitar
Violin/Viola – Maribeth Radtke
Reeds – Bobby DeAngelis
Trumpet – Michael Smith
Electric Bass – Mike Van De Mark
Burt Rushing – Drums/Percussion

Directors – Anthony Paul Gilkinson & Donald B. Holt, Jr.
Music Director – Deborah D. Lynch
Producer – Cathy Hooten
Lighting Designer – Anthony Vito
Assistant Lighting Designer – Conner Bosch
Costumer – Meli Mosse
y
Set Designer – Dwayne A. Cline
Lighting Technician – Jakob D. Nordstrom
Audio Technician – Johnny Gar
de
Stage Assistant – Harrison Lorenzen
Graphic Artist – Peter A. Belk

Reviews

“It is a testament to the show’s strength that, in 2017, I saw couples tapping each other in acknowledgement while watching it, pointing to one another, lip-syncing ‘That’s us!’ during the show.”

“It’s safe to say that [Ricky Marenda]’s the finest Bobby I’ve seen in several years.”

“Many of the wacky and not-so-wacky friends of Bobby match Marenda’s excellence.”

Peter Nason, BroadwayWorld.com

“Featuring an outstanding cast… these actors have worked hard to make these characters created in the 70s still relevant today.

“[Ricky Marenda] looks like he came out of a GQ Magazine and has the pipes and acting chops to match.

Despite the musical being set 40 years ago, Company reveals the loneliness of modern urban life, where everyone is talking, but no one truly communicates.

Deborah Bostock-Kelley, Creative Loafing

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