Sophisticated and urbane, Company ran in New York for 690 performances.
It was a hit and it wasnt. Star Dean Jones, featured on this recording,
was cast as the hapless Robert. Jones was loved by the critics, but he remained
in the cast for only the first few performances. The plot is non-existent.
It is just a collection of scenes centring around Robert, a bachelor who
cannot quite bring himself to commit to marriage. Amongst his friends are
a number of married couples. Many of the numbers, which are rhythmically
arresting with wonderful, memorable sardonically witty lyrics, are about
relationships mostly failed ones. All Roberts friends are keen
to introduce him to an ideal girl: the wives want to see him happily settled
down but bemoan their own married state; while the husbands, jealous of his
independence, want to see him shackled too ("Have I got a Girl for You").
Heard amongst the brilliant cast are the unmistakable and wittily strident
tones of Elaine Stritch. (The Little Things You Do Together). This CD is