Watch out! Audiences report that this musical revival Could Drive a Person Crazy! The Buell Theatre welcomes Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company: A Musical Comedy as it continues its North American Tour next summer! From May 22nd to June 2nd, fans in Colorado will be able to follow Bobbie’s story in her pursuit of finding genuine connections in the crazy world of the 21st century. Let’s all drink to that! With an impressive record of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, this new performance features Sondheim’s classic tracks like “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” “Side by Side by Side,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and the ever-popular “Being Alive.” Visit the Buell Theatre, a historic venue for live shows in Denver, and see why people call this play a profoundly insightful and downright hilarious production! Go on, find the best Company there is, and watch the grand revival of one of Broadway’s foundational shows! Reserve your seats while slots are still available!
Company: A Musical Comedy Tickets:
“Dazzling! So vibrant, so alive!” – Hollywood Reporter
“GLORIOUSLY TRANSFORMATIVE. A GODSEND.” – The New York Times
“PROFOUND. REFRESHING. BRILLIANT.” – San Francisco Theatre
“Marianne Elliott’s Exquisite Production Is The Sondheim Tribute We Need” – Deadline
With its first show premiering on Broadway in the early seventies, Company: A Musical Comedy is one of history’s first popular concept musicals. Catch the musical’s revival at the Buell Theatre from May 22nd to June 2nd next year!
The original story of Company follows Bobby, a single man surrounded by married people on the eve of his 35th birthday. Meanwhile, this revival brings a new perspective to the classic musical by introducing a fresh twist to the traditional tale, creatively transforming the main character into a female protagonist. In this new Company revival, Bobbie, the lead character, battles the demands of being unmarried and an older woman. In the presence of her married friends, she must choose between getting married, having a child, and embracing her freedom.
In contrast to the standard masculine image of Bobby, Bobbie is shown as a sharp, flirtatious, and lovable character who is already her own person when we meet her. She is constantly caught between the need for company and the worry of becoming stuck in such stereotyped roles. Throughout the show, her boyfriends critique her decisions, her pals frequently dispute, and her fears of household duties haunt her in her sleep. Watch her navigate the world of the 21st century and find genuine connections in a truly crazy generation!
Behind the scenes, three-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott, best known for her work on Angels in America and War Horse, will lead this new production of the ground-breaking musical comedy.
Elliot shares her experience working closely with Sondheim on this special revival before the legendary composer and lyricist died nearly two years ago. She remembers him arriving at the rehearsal room and beginning to cry as he observed the cast singing the track Company inside a small box. Sondheim continues to explain that this is exactly what he had initially imagined as he wrote the original script – claustrophobic, her friends in the back, with everyone storming into the room and squeezing her in there.
The rest of the core creative team for the live performance includes the following members:
- Choreography by Liam Steel
- Musical Supervision and Additional Vocal Arrangements by Joel Fram
- Set and Costume Design by Bunny Christie
- Lighting Design by Neil Austin
- Sound Design by Ian Dickinson
- Orchestrations by David Cullen
- Dance Arrangements by Sam Davis
- Illusion Design by Chris Fisher
- Makeup Design by Campbell Young Associates
- Casting by Tara Rubin
Notable celebrities who have performed in the show include some of the top actors and actresses on Broadway, such as Neil Patrick Harris, Elaine Stritch, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks, and Jane Krakowski. At the moment, the official website has only announced Britney Coleman as the lead role of Bobbie, while the rest of the cast is yet to be revealed. Stay tuned for updates regarding the full list of the North American tour of Company: The Musical!
Despite the lack of a conventional storyline, the performance garnered instant success as it was nominated for fourteen Tony Awards while winning six of them. Most Sondheim fans will recognize the show’s hits like “Being Alive,” “Not Getting Married Today,” and “The Ladies Who Lunch,” which have become standards in the musical theatre industry.
More than fifty years later, the Broadway Revival of Company continues to snatch awards, winning five Tony Awards, including Best Direction of a Musical and the honorable Best Revival of a Musical. In addition, other awards include Patty Lupone’s Best Performance by a Featured Actress and Matt Doyle’s Best Performance by a Featured Actor, as well as the overall Best Scenic Design of a Musical.
Check out the complete schedule of Company: A Musical Comedy at the Buell Theatre here:
- May 22nd, Wednesday at 7:30 PM
- May 23rd, Thursday at 2PM & 7:30PM
- May 24th, Friday at 7:30 PM
- May 25th, Saturday at 2PM & 7:30PM
- May 26th, Sunday at 2PM & 7:30 PM
- May 28th, Tuesday at 7:30 PM
- May 29th, Wednesday at 7:30 PM
- May 30th, Thursday at 7:30 PM
- May 31st, Friday at 7:30 PM
- June 1st, Saturday at 2PM & 7:30PM
- June 2nd, Sunday at 2PM & 7:30PM