Windsor, N.J. - It's Bobby's 35th birthday and it's
a complicated affair. Pierrot Productions presents the
Tony Award-winning musical "Company"
at Mercer County Community College's Kelsey Theatre.
Dates and show times for this Sondheim classic are Fridays,
May 18, 25 and June 1 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, May 19,
26 and June 2 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, May 20, 27 and
June 3 at 2 p.m.
Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception
with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance
on May 18.
"Company" features the unforgettable music
and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, based on the book by
George Furth. The plot focuses on the birthday boy,
Bobby, and his numerous relationships - as a single
man with three girlfriends and five married couples
that he counts as close friends. The audience is invited
into Bobby's circle, as the story unfolds in short vignettes,
all tied together by the theme of Bobby's birthday.
"Company" was among the first musicals to
focus on adult themes and relationships - a comedy-drama
that deals with upper middle-class people with upper
middle-class problems. It has been embraced by theatergoers,
who have recognized some of their own angst being played
out on stage.
The original production, which opened on Broadway in
1970, was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony
Awards, winning six. Each time the show has returned
to the Broadway and West End stages, it has reaped more
awards and acclaim, making it one of the most celebrated
shows in history.
The show's memorable musical score includes songs such
as The Little Things You Do Together, Another Hundred
People, Getting Married Today, The Ladies Who Lunch,
and Being Alive, as well as the title song.
"Company" cast, from left, Laraine Alison,
Rob Rodriguez, Peter Sauer, Lauren Parsons, Cathy Liebars,
Shannon Rakow, Jim Petro, Aziza Seven, Dwayne Bailey,
Michael Gearty and Debbie Lingel. Not pictured: Reba
Holley, Paul Lasky and Mariel Rosati.
(Jim Petro) with girlfriends April (Lauren Parsons)
and Kathy (Shannon Rakow) in Pierrot Productions' "Company."
is led by Jim Petro of Hamilton as Bobby; Lauren Parsons of
Delran, Mariel Rosati of Ivyland, and Shannon Rakow of Jackson
as his girlfriends; and Laraine Alison of Princeton, Dwayne
Bailey of Hamilton, Michael Gearty of Langhorne, Reba Holley
of Pennington, Paul Lasky of Woodbridge, Cathy Liebars of
Langhorne, Debbie Lingel of Belle Mead, Rob Rodriguez of Hamilton,
Peter Sauer of Yardley, and Aziza Seven of Lawrenceville as
the five couples who feel they know what's best for Bobby.
The production is directed by Pete LaBriola, with choreography
by Kat Kline and musical direction by Pam Sharples and Lou
are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students
and children. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Kelsey
Theatre box office at 609-570-3333 or order online here.
Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking
available next to the theater.
a complete listing of adult and children's events for the
remainder of the 2011-12 season, visit the Kelsey
website or call the box office for a brochure.