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Last Updated: 22-Oct-15 20:28

Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
May 22 - 23, 2009 - 8:00 P.M.
May 24, 2009 - 2:00 P.M. 
CanWest Performing Arts Centre (at the Forks)

Director Mariam Bernstein
Music Director Danny Carroll
Set Designer Grant Guy
Lighting Designer Scott Henderson
Stage Manager Georgette Nairn
Apprentice Stage Manager Nik Dethmers
Assistant Director Heidi Malazdrewich
Apprentice Music Director Joseph Tritt
Kevin Aichele Bobby
Graham Ashmore Peter
Sharon Bajer Amy
Tim Bandfield Paul
Wayne Buss! Harry
Dorothy Carroll April
James Durham Larry
Donna Fletcher Susan
Derek Leenhouts David
Laura Lussier Jenny
Kimberley Rampersad Marta
Chelsea Rankin Kathy
Jan Skene Joanne
Melanie Whyte Sarah
Danny Carroll piano
Nenad Zdjelar bass
Rob Siwik drums

When first produced in 1970, COMPANY was a milestone in musi-cal theatre history. It was the first Stephen Sondheim/Hal Prince collaboration and by the time of its 1995 revival, it was being re-vered as one of the “handful of greatest musicals ever written”, hav-ing paved the way for large-scale acceptance of concept shows like A Chorus Line and Cats.

The plot of COMPANY revolves around Bobby, the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals COMPANY is a concept musical composed of short vignettes linked by a celebration for Bobby's 35th birthday and his friends‟ concern for his single status. COMPANY was among the first musicals to deal with 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 com-mented on the characters in the play instead of furthering the plot, a device which became a Sondheim standard.

After seven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Hal Prince, opened on April 26, 1970 at the Alvin Theatre, where it ran for 705 performances. For the first and only time, the Tony Awards for Music and Lyrics were split into two categories. Sondheim won both awards. COMPANY was nominated for twelve Tony awards, winning six of them, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musi-cal and Best Original Score. That original score includes some of Sondheim‟s most powerful songs, including The Ladies Who Lunch (first performed by Elaine Stritch), Sorry-Grateful, You Could Drive a Person Crazy and the tour-de-force Getting Married Today.

We‟re very excited to have Mariam back for her fifth Dry Cold show after her master-ful direction of The Secret Garden and She Loves Me and her performances in Nine and Into The Woods. Danny was with us as music director for Nine and we‟re de-lighted he can join us again.