I first fell in love with the music of Stephen Sondheim at a Circle Players production of “Into The Woods” in the mid-nineties (I had also recently fallen in love with and in awe of the show’s pianist, Laura Donohue). Sondheim’s mastery of the musicality of the English language makes him one of the most brilliant and influential lyricists of the modern age, and across the entire range of human emotion his music is haunting, evocative, and at times utterly hilarious.
Fast forward to 2014 and an item to check off my bucket list – a chance to play in the orchestra for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre’s production of Sondheim’s “Company” (1970). In the pit (or, in this case, behind the onstage bar) with me are Musical Director Tim Fudge, Russ Davis, Chris Walters, Sam Levine, Doug Moffett, Mike Casteel, and Sam Wiseman.
Set in New York City, “Company” is a comedic and profound look at marriage through the eyes of Bobby (Patrick Waller). The cast, direction, and choreography are all inspired and superb. You can find out more information about the show at the Tennessee Rep’s website. We’d love to see you there!