Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” – November 2011

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Brentwood Theatre
2-5 November, 2011

Featuring musical theatre classics, such as ‘Being Alive’, ‘Ladies Who Lunch‘, ‘You Could Drive a Person Crazy‘, ‘Side by Side‘ and ‘Getting Married Today‘, Sondheim and Furth’s COMPANY centres around Robert, a man with no emotional commitments who spends his 35th birthday reviewing the relationships of his married acquaintances and his girlfriends.

An honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships, COMPANY is as contemporary and relevant now as when it was written. Brilliant, energetic music – some of Stephen Sondheim’s best – allows the clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City to underscore this landmark show, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre.

Tessa Davies from NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) reviewed the show, calling the production “excellent”, “superb”, and “outstanding”.   Michael Gray’s review was equally glowing, with him declaring Emma Sweeney’s directorial debut “audacious” and “impressive”.

Here are some of the reviews posted on our Facebook page from theatregoers:

Lisa said:  “Fantastic show tonight. Really enjoyed it. Voices are brilliant, the band is excellent and I loved Emmas direction. If you haven’t seen this show I’d really recommend you go tomorrow evening. It’s the last night and you won’t be disappointed. A very funny and thought provoking, thoroughly entertaining show.”

Peter said: “Congratulations to everyone involved with company. We saw it tonight and thought it was fantastic. Such a difficult piece of theatre that was directed with real finesse, with an exceptional cast delivering some outstanding performances. Many Brents surely must follow. Loved it. 🙂 “

Graham said: “[Company] is a great show, excellent cast, brilliant band, Becca’s trumpet playing wonderful, Director, MD, ensemble, all have given and continue to give 110%. A must see..!!!”

Diana said: “Really enjoyed the production last night. Congrats to all involved and to Emma Jane Hewitt and Ian Southgate.”

Christine said: “Big congratulations on last night. I thought everyone was great, and loved the all round audience!!”

Brentwood Operatic Society had a busy few months preparing for the show (check out our blogs about our rehearsals).  Catch up with COMPANY director, Emma Sweeney, musical director, Ian Southgate, and lead actor, Sam Gilmore-Cousins (‘Robert’), to find out which songs are their favourites, why COMPANY resonates with today’s audiences, and how they prepared for one of Sondheim’s most challenging productions.


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