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Company: A Musical Comedy

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Sondheim's breakthrough play.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Theatre Communications Group (first published January 1st 1970)
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Neil Schleifer
First, the libretto to COMPANY was written by George Furth; Sondheim provided the music and lyrics. This is an author attribution flaw that Goodreads ought to correct.

Furth creates as his central character, Bobby, a 30 year old bachelor in the 1970's who flits from meaningless relationship to meaningless relationship and is ostensibly adopted by a group of married friends:
obsessive/compulsive Harry & Sarah who use Bobby as a buffer against their own neuroses (hers is eating; his is drinking)
Jason Loeffler
The highlights for me: "The Little Things You Do Together", "Side by Side by Side", "The Ladies Who Lunch", and "Being Alive".

In a series of disconnected scenes, each character/couple has a chance to shine in such a way that both highlights the ways in which husbands and wives can differ, and unpacks, in the same heartbeat, what brought each particular couple together in the first place. On the same token, it addresses what one faces when one goes through life without marriage, which--in today's
Leora Lupkin
The script is so funny and entertaining! I can't wait to perform in this later this year!
Mar 24, 2013 Sheri rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: play
I thought that the script was way too repetitive. I get that the point is that all marriages are similar and all are different, but I just thought the little snippets were too similar. The “we don’t drink” the bourbon scene wasn’t all that different from the “we don’t really smoke pot scene.” and all of the songs felt so similar. I listened to this for a bit yesterday and realized I had heard 4 songs without ever noticing a transition between them. I thought this didn't really accomplish anythin ...more
Haley Page
Not my favorite.
one of my favorite musical scripts/librettos. The comparison of married people not being marriage itself to musicians playing the wrong notes not meaning the music is bad was a major shift in perspective for me...
Luke Dombroski
Although "Company" is a phenomenal musical, the libretto itself does leave something to be desired. Definitely something you don't want to sit down and read (I got the script for character work as an actor).
This is my favorite Sondheim musical and I'm glad to finally have read its book. It's simply flawless. That is all.
Okay, there's enough BobbyBabble to drive a person crazy, but this show has plenty of great songs and a timeless quality.
Rachel Swords
It's sort of weird at first, but once you adjust to the concept, ""Company"" is an interesting show.
This is my favorite musical. It is probably better to watch this than read it though.
Nov 10, 2011 Maura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: play
hadn't read this in ages; now it's time to bust out the cast recording (but which one???)
Such a simple plot, such a compelling musical!
My fav. Sondheim... so far!
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Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American musical and film composer and lyricist, winner of an Academy Award, multiple Tony Awards (seven, more than any other composer), multiple Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize. He has been described by Frank Rich in the The New York Times as "the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater." His most famous scores include (as composer/ ...more
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