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Company [Original Broadway Cast Recording]
     

Company [Original Broadway Cast Recording]

 

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Stephen Sondheim's award-winning 1970 outing Company, like most of Sondheim's work, is highly acclaimed by theater-goers, critics, and Sondheim's peers. Essentially a musical about nothing, Company chronicles the thoughts and remembrances one man has about his friends (five married couples) as he hesitates outside the door, about to walk in on his own

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Stephen Sondheim's award-winning 1970 outing Company, like most of Sondheim's work, is highly acclaimed by theater-goers, critics, and Sondheim's peers. Essentially a musical about nothing, Company chronicles the thoughts and remembrances one man has about his friends (five married couples) as he hesitates outside the door, about to walk in on his own "surprise" birthday party. The only single member in their group, he spends the entire musical wavering between adoring his bachelorhood and trying to locate his dream woman -- the perfect merging of his female friends' best qualities -- so he too can settle down. Company truly exemplifies that less can be more, at least in terms of story line. Heralded by some as instigating the reconstruction of the concept of musical theater, the score of Company is completely modern and completely charming in every way. Among its many highlights are the amusing "Getting Married Today" and the lovely yet quirky "Barcelona." The cast is delightful as well, including most notably Elaine Stritch, Dean Jones, Donna McKechnie (who later went on to star in A Chorus Line), and Charles Kimbrough (Jim Dial from Murphy Brown). Also included on this issuing of the recording is a reworking of the climactic song "Being Alive" with Dean Jones' replacement, Larry Kert (who portrayed Tony in Sondheim's West Side Story), as a bonus track.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886974991427
catalogNumber:
749914
Rank:
6008

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elaine Stritch   Vocals
Dean Jones   Vocals
Barbara Barrie   Vocals
Susan Browning   Vocals
Pamela Myers   Vocals
George Coe   Vocals
Charles Braswell   Vocals
Larry Kert   Vocals
Harold Hastings   Conductor
Donna McKechnie   Vocals
Charles Kimbrough   Vocals
Steve Elmore   Vocals
Beth Howland   Vocals
Merle Louise   Vocals
Teri Ralston   Vocals
Vocal Minority   Choir, Chorus
Company Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John Cunningham   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
David Shire   Dance Arrangement
Jonathan Tunick   Orchestration
Thomas Z. Shepard   Reissue Producer,Original Album Producer
Marc Kirkeby   Liner Notes,Synopsis
Chris Woehrle   Art Direction
Juliana Myrick   Packaging Manager
Eleanor Becker   Editorial Production
George Furth   Book
Darcy M. Proper   Remixing

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