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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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Jun 18, 2015 Ariya rated it it was amazing
Company is a musical written by George Furth. George Furth is both a playwright and an actor, and has written plays such as Blazing Saddles, Merrily We Roll Along, and Twigs. As for his television work, he wrote for Love, American Style, I Dream of Jeannie, Green Acres, Happy Days, and many other iconic shows. The show takes place in New York, and is centered on a thirty-five year old bachelor named Bobby. Bobby’s purpose in the show is to have a central character who observes the marriages of h ...more
Neil Schleifer
Aug 17, 2010 Neil Schleifer rated it liked it
Shelves: plays
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
May 25, 2011 Jason Loeffler rated it really liked it
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
Mar 24, 2013 Sheri rated it it was ok
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
Mar 20, 2014 Haley Page rated it it was ok
Not my favorite.
Nov 03, 2013 Amandanoel rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 25, 2013 Luke Dombroski rated it liked it
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).
Apr 02, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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This is my favorite Sondheim musical and I'm glad to finally have read its book. It's simply flawless. That is all.
Jun 12, 2014 Neil rated it it was amazing
Okay, there's enough BobbyBabble to drive a person crazy, but this show has plenty of great songs and a timeless quality.
Rachel Swords
Sep 04, 2011 Rachel Swords rated it liked it
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It's sort of weird at first, but once you adjust to the concept, ""Company"" is an interesting show.
May 17, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
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This is my favorite musical. It is probably better to watch this than read it though.
Nov 10, 2011 Maura rated it it was amazing
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hadn't read this in ages; now it's time to bust out the cast recording (but which one???)
Jul 16, 2016 Misti rated it it was amazing
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Loved it, but definitely hit a bit close to home!
May 08, 2012 Gonzalo rated it really liked it
Such a simple plot, such a compelling musical!
Jun 30, 2009 Maggie rated it it was amazing
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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