History Theatre / Company

5th Mar '18 4:42:29 PM nombretomado
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''Company'' is an American musical with book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Creator/StephenSondheim. The plot revolves around Bobby, a handsome and well-liked single man, the five married couples who are his best friends, and three of his girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, the show consists of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, all linked together by a celebration for Bobby's 35th birthday. One of its most notable aspects was that it was among the first musicals to deal with more adult problems through its music. As Sondheim put it, "they are middle-class people with middle class-problems."

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''Company'' is an American musical with book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Creator/StephenSondheim.Music/StephenSondheim. The plot revolves around Bobby, a handsome and well-liked single man, the five married couples who are his best friends, and three of his girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, the show consists of short vignettes, presented in no particular chronological order, all linked together by a celebration for Bobby's 35th birthday. One of its most notable aspects was that it was among the first musicals to deal with more adult problems through its music. As Sondheim put it, "they are middle-class people with middle class-problems."
28th Sep '17 6:53:30 AM kyokutonomajo
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*BlondeBrunetteRedhead: A sort of meta one is the three most recognizable Joannes: Elaine Stritch, the original, was blonde, Barbara Walsh in the 2006 revival was a brunette, and Patti [=LuPone=] in the 2011 concert version was a redhead.
4th Aug '17 1:26:06 AM PaulA
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* DoubleMeaningTitle: Several different senses of the word "company" are highlighted at various points.
4th Aug '17 12:59:03 AM PaulA
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In ''Poor Baby'', as Bobby is seen sleeping with April, the wives are shown saying that he ought to have a woman, but not someone like [[BrainlessBeauty the woman he's with right now]]. They each state their criticisms of her, saying that she's "dumb", "tacky", "vulgar", "odd", etc. [[DeadpanSnarker Joanne's]] complaint? She's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "tall enough to be your mother"]].

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: In ''Poor Baby'', as Bobby is seen sleeping with April, the wives are shown saying that he ought to have a woman, but not someone like [[BrainlessBeauty the woman he's with right now]]. They each state their criticisms of her, saying that she's "dumb", "tacky", "vulgar", "odd", etc. [[DeadpanSnarker Joanne's]] complaint? She's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "tall enough to be your mother"]]. mother".



* BreakingTheFourthWall: Done quite a few times during the 2011 concert performance. In one scene, Bobby and April [[CrowningMomentOfFunny treat the conductor like an interior decoration]]. During "Getting Married Today", Amy goes up to the conductor, takes his baton, and snaps it in half in order to stop the music. And at the end of "Ladies Who Lunch", Joanne literally ''tosses her drink into the audience''.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Done quite a few times during the 2011 concert performance. In one scene, Bobby and April [[CrowningMomentOfFunny treat the conductor like an interior decoration]].decoration. During "Getting Married Today", Amy goes up to the conductor, takes his baton, and snaps it in half in order to stop the music. And at the end of "Ladies Who Lunch", Joanne literally ''tosses her drink into the audience''.



-->'''Bobby:''' But...oh ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny God!]]''

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-->'''Bobby:''' But...oh ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny God!]]''''God!''
19th Jul '17 8:02:37 PM DearBenPlatt
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* PatterSong: Amy's part of ''Getting Married Today''. A decent amount of ''Another Hundred People'' is also very fast and wordy.

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* PatterSong: Amy's part of ''Getting Married Today''. A decent amount of ''Another Hundred People'' is also very fast and wordy. wordy.
** Amy's part of ''Getting Married Today''. It's the second fastest Broadway song ever written, with an average of 6.2 words per second.
27th Apr '17 5:29:06 AM AdelePotter
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* HappilyMarried: {{Subverted}}, as it's very clear that all of the couples have far from fairy-tale marriages, but in the end one is left with the impression that they are, ultimately, happy and fulfilled in their relationships.

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* HappilyMarried: {{Subverted}}, as it's It's very clear that all of the couples have far from fairy-tale marriages, but in the end one is left with the impression that they are, ultimately, happy and fulfilled in their relationships.
26th Jan '17 8:17:48 AM Tsukiyo
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* HappilyMarried: {{Deconstructed}}, as it's very clear that all of the couples have far from fairy-tale marriages, but in the end one is left with the impression that they are, ultimately, happy and fulfilled in their relationships.

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* HappilyMarried: {{Deconstructed}}, {{Subverted}}, as it's very clear that all of the couples have far from fairy-tale marriages, but in the end one is left with the impression that they are, ultimately, happy and fulfilled in their relationships.
12th Dec '16 8:27:38 AM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* GenderFlip: A production was announced in 2016 with Bobby played by and as a woman ("Bobbie").
4th Feb '16 7:25:46 AM AdelePotter
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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The various sorts of rich, middle-aged women that Joanne describes in ''The Ladies Who Lunch''. By the third verse, she is also including and describing herself.

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: The various sorts of rich, middle-aged women that Joanne describes in ''The Ladies Who Lunch''. By the third verse, she is also including and describing herself. By the ending, Bobby has a bit of this, too.
* TheDitz: April, who's sweet but none too bright. She's totally aware of and comfortable with this fact.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Joanne is usually played this way. Drunk, sarcastic and abrasive, but she does care about Bobby and Larry (and sometimes, she'll even act like it).



* NiceGuy: Bobby's a very sweet, charming man, which is partially why all the wives ''adore'' him and really want him to find somebody to settle down with. Larry's also a genuinely pleasant, nice guy who loves Joanne dearly -- even when she's not at her most lovable.



* SerialSpouse: Joanne has been married "three or four times".

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* SerialSpouse: Joanne has been married "three or four times". (According to Bobby, it's three.)
3rd Feb '16 12:55:01 PM AdelePotter
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* TheCastShowoff: In the original production, ''Another Hundred People'' was written specifically for Pamela Myers for the role of Marta, a lengthy song for a relatively minor character. The dance sequence ''Tick-Tock'' was created by choreographer Michael Bennett for his future wife [=Donna McKechnie=], the original Kathy; the number is frequently cut or abridged in subsequent productions. In the recent Lincoln Center production, Creator/NeilPatrickHarris performs a few magic tricks during one of the musical numbers.



* CutSong: ''Happily Ever After'', ''Marry Me A Little'' and ''Multitude Of Amys'', although ''Marry Me A Little'' was put back into the show as the act I finale. ''Tick-Tock'' is also frequently left out of productions, although it was included in the 2011 concert staging.
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