Get some good company with award-winning Sondheim musical

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The Broadway musical Company by Stephen Sondheim is at Limelight Theatre during November.

A BROADWAY musical full of wit and charm while exploring the complexities of modern relationships is to open at Limelight Theatre tonight.

Last week they had to delay opening the show due to some cast members having Covid-19 and then they cancelled last night due to the theatre being in the orange zone – because if it was upgraded to the red zone it would have led to an emergency evacuation of the theatre and they did not want to risk the patrons, cast or crew.

Written by popular composer Stephen Sondheim and directed by Gillian Binks, Company focuses on Bobby who, after celebrating his 35th birthday, still can’t commit to a steady relationship despite wanting to share his life with someone.

Looking at how he interacts with three girlfriends and five couples who are his best friends, Company was one of the first musicals to deal with contemporary relationship issues through its lyrics and melodies.

Sondheim is famous for Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and Gypsy, among others, and Company won six Tony Awards – including best musical – when first produced in 1970.

Binks said Company was about love, loneliness and the pursuit of happiness,’’ she said.

“Stephen Sondheim is my favourite musical theatre composer and yet Company is his only musical that I have actually performed in.

“I’d find it too difficult to direct any other Sondheim show because I’d want to be in it and the fear of missing out would be too severe.”

The most challenging aspect, according to Binks, is the music.

“Taui Pinker is doing a fantastic job as a musical director of his first Sondheim show – in fact, the entire team has been motivated, organised and professional throughout.’’

Involved in theatre for more than 35 years and a WA Academy of Performing Arts graduate, Binks has worked as an actor, choreographer and director with various companies including Musicmakers, Playlovers, Dirty Dicks Theatre Restaurant, Pristine Entertainment and the Regal, Limelight, Yellow Glass, Whiplash and Kwinana theatres.

In 1998, she scored the Finley Award for best musical for her production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

“I made a promise about five years ago to our leading man David Wallace that I would direct Company for him.

“He has performed in Company twice before but never as Bobby.

“David did me a huge favour when a cast member was unable to attend a performance of Side by Side, which I directed.”

Company plays at 7.30pm on November  24, 25, 30, December 1 and 2 with a 2pm matinee on November 26.

For any enquiries about tickets email TAZ@TAZtix.com.au with “Limelight” in the subject heading, as the phone line is extremely busy.

Book tickets at TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336.

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