Company

Music and lyrics Stephen Sondheim Book George Furth

One Academy Productions

C Chambers Street

From 01 August 2012 to 27 August 2012

Rating: *****

Review by Robin Strapp

There are very few companies that have the courage to present a full-length musical at the Fringe. So full credit to One Academy Productions (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) for their resolute in bringing Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-award winning Company to C Venues and it’s a sheer joy.

At two and a half hours long with a short ‘comfort break’, this is a first-rate production with a cast that oozes with vibrancy and talent.

Bobby lives in New York and is celebrating his 35th birthday as his married friends hold a surprise birthday party for him. They are determined that his bachelor days should be over and he should settle down and find a wife. He has already had three girlfriends but he simply can’t commit.

In a series of short impressive vignettes the complicated lives of his friends them are revealed, each one performed with panache.

Simply staged and with such classic songs such as ‘I’m not Getting Married Today’ and ‘Ladies who Lunch’ as well as the signature theme ‘Bobby’ performed by a first rate band and an outstanding cast, this is one not to miss.