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October 12, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until October 26, 2019
One event on October 20, 2019 at 8:00 pm
On the heels of their 2018 Jessie Award-winning production, the creative team that staged Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in a Gastown pop-up shop returns with an immersive production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, at Bobby’s Apartment in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
Jessie-nominated director Chris Adams and two-time Ovation Award-winning choreographer Nicol Spinola shift from the gruesome streets of London to the poignancy of everyday Manhattan with Company, the tale of Bobby’s life as a bachelor, told through vignettes in the context of his 35th birthday, which he’s celebrating in his home with his closest friends – five married couples.
The show revolutionized musical theatre when it debuted in 1970, proving that the theatre was not only an avenue to escape real life, but also an opportunity to reflect reality back to audiences. As Sondheim has said, “Broadway theater has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems. These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theatre, and then here we are with ‘Company’ talking about how we’re going to bring it right back in their faces.”
Immersive musical theatre productions are rare, but the success of Sweeney Todd proved not only that Vancouver audiences are hungry for these non-traditional theatre experiences, but that productions that break the mold can achieve mainstream acclaim.
“After selling out Sweeney Todd last year and seeing how enthusiastic Vancouver is for unique theatre experiences, we wanted to take the really personal story of Bobby and tell it in a similarly immersive way,” explains director and co-producer Adams.
Small audiences of only a few dozen people take in the show from the living room of a Mount Pleasant apartment, seated on couches, chairs, bar stools or floor cushions.
Company features a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Sondheim’s best-known songs. The strength of the piece lies in its vivid characters, so the story can be told as effectively with a cavalcade of automated set pieces as it can be with a simple chair or two. Every audience member will see reflections of themselves in at least one of the characters onstage.
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