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at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre

By R.B. Harris
Published June 12 2007

  Elizabeth Stanley,Kelly Jeanne Grant and Angel Desai

Winning doesn't guarantee longevity. Two days after taking home the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, Company has posted a closing notice. It will depart the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on July 1, after having played 247 regular performances and 34 previews.

Putting buns on seats guarantees a long and prosperous run. And in recent weeks, Company played to under 50% of capacity. Kind of mysterfying for a show that earned Outstanding Revival of a Musical from the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League. But, somehow, the show, about five married couples and the object of their collective attention, their "good, crazy" single male friend, Robert never clicked with audiences. This, despite outstanding music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth.

Even before the closing notice appeared, the company of Company suffered a disappointment, when Raul Esparza, touted by many to win Best Actor in a Musical, didn't, losing to David Hyde Pierce of Curtains. The Company cast includes Barbara Walsh as Joanne, Matt Castle as Peter, Keith Buterbaugh as Harry, Robert Cunningham as Paul, Angel Desai as Marta, Kristin Huffman as Sarah, Kelly Jeanne Grant as Kathy, Fred Rose as David. Heather Laws as Amy, Leenya Rideout as Jenny, Bruce Sabath as Larry, Elizabeth Stanley as April and Amy Justman as Susan.

This revival of the 1970 musical is directed by John Doyle, who won a Tony in 2006 for Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. As with that production, the cast of Company doubles as the show's orchestra. Musical direction and orchestrations are by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, set design by David Gallo, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward and lighting design by Thomas C, Hase.


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