Korda Artistic Productions is opening their 2018 Season with the Tony Award winning musical Company. With a book by George Furth and music by Stephen Sondheim, the show is regularly acknowledged as a modern masterpiece.
Originally titled Threes, Company revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. This concept musical is composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, and linked by a celebration of Bobby’s 35th birthday. Company was among the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships. As Sondheim says: “Broadway theatre has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems. These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with Company talking about how we’re going to bring it right back in their faces.”
The original Broadway run was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards, winning 6. Nominated twice for Best Revival of a Musical, it won in 2006 for a production directed by John Doyle. The star-studded 2011 New York Philharmonic concert version, directed by Lonny Price, featured Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Cristina Hendricks, Anika Noni Rose and Patti LuPone.
Director David Burrows has been a performer and director in the Windsor area for over 20 years, with recent directing credits including Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins and the Korda production of “Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike”. He is joined by musical director Sam Poole and choreographers Hope Forman and Kaitlyn Karns. Set designer Nathaniel Cedroni and scenic artist Matthew Burgess have created a design that captures the panorama of the New York City setting, while also depicting the main character’s isolation from it. Lighting design is by Jonathan Renaud, and wardrobe by Tracey Atin.
The cast – featuring leading man Martin Ouellette – is teeming with the best of local talent, familiar not only to Korda audiences, but from their appearances with many other local theatres as well. The cast includes: Sara Fontaine, Brian Yeomans, Lindsay Norris, David Burrows, Samantha Edwards, Greg Girty, Heather Hausmann, Drew Beaudoin, Kirsten MacMillan, Mark Worsley, Kaitlyn Karns, Hope Forman and Carla Gyemi.
The show runs for ten performances – March 23,24,25,29,30,31 and April 5,7,8 – at The KordaZone Theatre, 2520 Seminole Street. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8pm, while Sunday Matinees are at 2pm. A special Saturday matinee has been added for April 7.
Tickets are $20 and are available online or by calling 519-562-3394. Tickets can also be purchased at Nancy Johns Gallery & Framing or Juniper Books.