George Furth (book) and Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) Company / New York, Alvin Theater, April 26, 1970
George Furth (book) and Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) Company / New York, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, November 29, 2006. The production I saw was on the evening of May 4,
For the past decade or so I have attended several Broadway musicals—new works and revivals—with tears welling up in my eyes in blissful appreciation for any work whose score is based on more than a triad of notes (I’m convinced that contemporary musical composers have been taught that Broadway musical numbers can waver only between three notes, pitched either louder or softer to give the songs a sense of dramatic action). And the 2006 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s and George Furth’s Company was no exception. In the partially empty balcony of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre I sat alone and joyfully wept.
Los Angeles, May 20, 2007