Company the musical written by George Furth and with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim was launched as an Everyman Production for The Q Theatre in unusual company at the Kingston Foreshore abode of Jim and Heather Leedman. With plenty of security (for the PM) in the shared foyer of his salubrious apartment next door and the detail probably wishful of an invite to the Leedman’s terrace, but content to watch the company of actors, musicians, caterers and theatre media types sashay along the hall for the launch.
An idea of the indefatigable Coralie Wood, who given a free hand can and does organize media launches with a bit of pizzaz and who thought we could imagine we were in a New York apartment gazing over the Hudson River because Company is set in, is about and celebrates New York.
We imagined and enjoyed the charmingly youthful Company cast sing their hearts out over LBG (Lake Burley Griffin) and watched as Jarrad West blew a gasket trying to blow out the candles of the birthday cake for his character Bobby’s 35th birthday. The candles in fact couldn’t be lit on this breezy morning on the terrace but his good show of pretence is indicative of a problem he actually does encounter in the show.
Bobby - a role made for handsome and talented man-about-town Jarred West - is single and turning 35 with a swag of married friends in various stages of coupledom and three ladies in his life and those friends are telling him it’s time to settle. You can guess the rest; or can you?
Entertaining and funny with a slice of the real people of New York living ordinary lives set to Sondheim’s music and lyrics with a dollop of cynicism. The quote of the show is from Marta “ you can always tell a New Yorker by his or her ass” is one I must research!
Company is on at The Q in Queanbeyan from 16-24 October.