Great Performances: Season 36, Episode 7

Company: A Musical Comedy (20 Feb. 2008)

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Centering on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his 10 closest friends (who also happen to be five couples), "Company" culminates in Bobby's transformation from ... See full summary »



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Centering on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his 10 closest friends (who also happen to be five couples), "Company" culminates in Bobby's transformation from unattached swinger to tentative monogamist. Written by PBS/Great Performances

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All of the male characters in this production wear Dolce & Gabbana belts, with Raul Esparza III wearing a black suit by Giorgio Armani. See more »


Paul: Listen, Amy, married people are no more marriage than musicians are music. Just because some of the people might be wrong doesn't matter. It is still right.
Amy: Yes, well, I'll put that on a sampler, Paul.
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Version of Company (2011) See more »


Getting Married Today
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Heather Laws, Robert Cunningham, Amy Justman, Raúl Esparza and Company
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Company: A Musical Comedy is a must for Stephen Sondheim fans
7 April 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Since PBS's "Great Performances" was the first time I ever watched any version of Stephen Sondheim's late '60s/early '70s musical "Company", I didn't really have any idea what to expect. Actually, to go back, I've read some reviews and looked at the back of a DVD of a documentary of the original run of the show and I knew it had something to do with marriages and relationships and many of these couples being the friends of this one single guy. Bobby is his name, I believe. Anyway, it takes place at his apartment where everyone is waiting for him to show up for his surprise birthday. And then it goes back and forth in his conversations with these friends and with some of his former dates. Since it's Sondheim, you definitely don't expect anything conventional to be going on. In fact, this version is even more unusual since the entire cast are also playing instruments while enacting their parts. Most of the women are fine here especially the ones playing Marta and Joanne. And I was impressed throughout with Raul Esparza as the leading character especially when he sang "Being Alive". Nice humorous touches throughout and still a timely observation of what it's like trying to connect with love in the big city. For that reason, not to mention Sondheim himself discussing his contributions in a separate segment afterward, I highly recommend this version of "Company".

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