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Company: A Musical Comedy 

Not Rated | | Music | Episode aired 20 February 2008
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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Episode cast overview:
Kelly Jeanne Grant Kelly Jeanne Grant ... Kathy
Angel Desai ... Marta
Elizabeth Stanley ... April
Matt Castle Matt Castle ... Peter
Amy Justman Amy Justman ... Susan
Fred Rose Fred Rose ... David
Leenya Rideout ... Jenny
Keith Buterbaugh ... Harry
Kristin Huffman Kristin Huffman ... Sarah
Robert Cunningham Robert Cunningham ... Paul
Heather Laws Heather Laws ... Amy
Bruce Sabath ... Larry
Barbara Walsh ... Joanne
Raúl Esparza ... Bobby


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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Release Date:

20 February 2008 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Robert: [singing] Somebody hold me too close, somebody hurt me too deep...
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Version of Company (2011) See more »


You Could Drive a Person Crazy
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Elizabeth Stanley, Kelly Jeanne Grant, Angel Desai,
Raúl Esparza and Fred Rose
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First Rate Musical
17 July 2008 | by maeanderSee all my reviews

Second rate cast. Third rate production. Fourth rate concept.

I have the highest praise for "Company" as a musical. Smart dialog. Witty songs. The idea of creating a musical based not on a story (it doesn't have one), but on the concept of interpersonal relationships was ground breaking. This is one of Stephen Sondheim's best! In this production the cast plays all the musical instruments. I guess that saved on paying for an orchestra. What we end up with is a group of performers who must be actor/singer/musician. That is asking a lot. And not one person in the cast is good at all three. We end up with the actors delivering lines while holding on to their musical instruments. To be true to the musical they would also have to dance. The director has saved them from that be removing all the dancing. "Tic-Toc" is gone and "Side-by-side-by-side" looses its punch.

The star/director also includes a solo for himself at the end of act one that did not make it to Broadway and for good reason. It's a nice song, but it diminishes the impact of Robert's singing "Being Alive" at the end of act two.

"Company" deserves better treatment than this production. Just watch the DVD of the making of the Original Broadway Cast album and you will see the potential. It is great that "Company" is finally out on DVD. It is sad that this is the production they give us.

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