Game Changers: The Broadway Musicals That Shaped the Art Form

By Ben Rimalower
29 Mar 2014

Company (1970)

Company is the ultimate concept musical. It's not that the songs don't advance the plot; it's that there is no plot to advance. Company begins with Robert celebrating his 35th birthday and ends with the same birthday. You could say the entire piece is set, quantum-physics style, in one moment in space-time. The genius of Company is the depth of character exploration that the framework affords Stephen Sondheim and George Furth as their songs and scenes delve so richly into Robert and the people in his life, and the great style with which they do so.