The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Stephen Sondheim

By Megan Dekic
22 Mar 2014

After his short-lived Anyone Can Whistle, which starred Angela Lansbury and lasted only nine performances, Sondheim wrote music and lyrics for the innovative concept musical Company, about the perils and pleasures of love, marriage and dating in New York City.

Company premiered April 26, 1970, at the Alvin Theatre and marked Sondheim's first collaboration with librettist George Furth. Harold Prince directed a cast that included Elaine Stritch, Donna McKechnie and Dean Jones (who was succeeded early in the run by his understudy Larry Kert).

In his review for the New York Times, Clive Barnes wrote: "Creatively Mr. Sondheim's lyrics are way above the rest of the show; they have a lyric suppleness, sparse, elegant wit, and range from the virtuousity of a patter song to a kind of sweetly laconic cynicism in a modern love song." The show was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony Awards and won six, including Best Music and Best Lyrics for Sondheim.

Read the Company Playbill here.