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->'''Harry:''' You've got so many reasons for not being with someone, but Robert, you haven't got one good reason for being alone.

''{{Company}}'' is an American musical with book by George Furth and music and lyrics by 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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!!This musical provides examples of:
* AdaptationalSexuality: A rewritten version is in the works that turns Bobby into a homosexual struggling to commit to one man.
* AllStarCast: The Lincoln Center production with the New York Philharmonic sure is, featuring Creator/NeilPatrickHarris as Bobby, [[{{Evita}} Patti LuPone]] as Joanne, Creator/StephenColbert as Harry, [[Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog Anika Noni Rose]] as Marta, [[Series/MadMen Christina Hendricks]] as April, [[TwoAndAHalfMen Jon Cryer]] as David, [[Theatre/PromisesPromises Katie Finneran]] as Amy, [[ALittleNightMusic Aaron Lazar]] as Paul, and [[BostonLegal Craig]] [[CinderellaMan Bierko]] as Peter.
* AloneAmongTheCouples: Central to the plot.
* AnachronicOrder
* AntiLoveSong: "Sorry-Grateful," downplayed. Bob asks Harry if he's ever sorry that he got married. Harry's answer is a yes, and a no -- he's sorry, and grateful, because married life is very different from being in love.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: "You Can Drive a Person Crazy" originally went, "I could understand a person/If it's not a person's bag./I could understand a person/If a person was a fag." Later productions changed it to, "I could understand a person/If he said to go away./I could understand a person/If he happened to be gay."
* BookEnds: Bobby's birthday party
* BrokenRecord: At the end of ''Ladies Who Lunch'', Joanne repeatedly sings the word "rise."
* 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".
** Though "Marry Me A Little" was put back into the show as the act I finale.
* DeadpanSnarker: Joanne
* DeconfirmedBachelor: Bobby
* DownerEnding: One amateur production infamously ended the show with Robert DrivenToSuicide. Sondheim was not amused.
* GrowingUpSucks: "You're not a kid anymore, Robert! I don't think you'll ever be a kid again, kiddo!"
* HandsomeLech: Bobby can be played this way
* HappilyMarried: {{Deconstructed}}.
* IncrediblyLongNote "We looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove you." This infamous 40 second note (18 in the recording) comes from a peculiarity in the staging of the original production: the note was held for exactly the duration of how long it took the two elevators in Boris Aronson's set to do a complete raise! In other productions, including the 2007 revival, the note is sometimes shortened. The 2011 concert retains the full length.
* LadyDrunk: Joanne.
* LoveDodecahedron
* LyricalDissonance: While the show we all know and love has some of this, mostly when involving [[DeadpanSnarker Joanne]], the CutSong "Happily Ever After" would have absolutely taken the cake. It's a peppy, cheerful song about how life is dismal and horrible for everyone.
** "The Little Things You Do Together," an incredibly catchy song that shows marriage getting progressively bleaker.
* NoAccountingForTaste: Joanne tends to get practically abusive towards her husband Larry.
* PatterSong: Amy's part of "Getting Married Today"
* RandomEventsPlot
* RefrainFromAssuming: Amy's song is actually titled "Getting Married Today" but is often misreferred to as "Not Getting Married Today".
* SanitySlippageSong: "Getting Married Today"
* SerialSpouse: Joanne has been married "three or four times".
* SexEqualsLove: Averted; the difference is explored in "Tick Tock"
* SexyStewardess: April, especially when played by Creator/ChristinaHendricks.
* StonersAreFunny: The scene with Jenny and David.
* TheElevenOClockNumber: ''Being Alive''.
* TitleDrop: As with many musicals, the opening song.
* UnDuet: a brief one appears in "What Would We Do Without You?".
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