COMPANY by Stephen Sondheim postponed to South Bay Musical Theater

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The South Bay Musical Theater has announced the full cast and creative team of COMPANY, the Tony® award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim, with book by George Furth.

Originally slated earlier this year before a COVID-related delay, COMPANY is returning to the Saratoga Civic Theater this fall. COMPANY will be directed by Vinh G. Nguyen, with choreography by Michael Saenz, musical direction by Joseph Kelly and vocal direction by Anita Carey.

COMPANY performs September 24 through October 15, 2022 at the Saratoga Civic Theater (13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070), with a press opening Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. First nights are invited to stay for a champagne toast after the show. Evening shows begin at 8 p.m. while matinees (Sundays and closing Saturdays) begin at 2:30 p.m. Adult tickets cost between $25 and $55. There are $2 discounts for seniors 65 and over and $25 tickets for students and children. Tickets can be purchased online at www.SouthBayMT.com or by calling (408) 266-4734.

“We are honored to introduce Present Company as a tribute to Sondheim’s incredible influence and lasting legacy,” said Executive Director Sara K. Dean. “COMPANY was groundbreaking when it was established in 1971, forever changing the traditional style of musical theatre. Although this production looks like a time capsule from the 1970s, the story is still relevant today, examining the relationships in an increasingly isolated society.

From the late Stephen Sondheim, musical theatre‘s most renowned composer, COMPANY is widely considered a pioneer of black comedy and the modern musical genre and has won 6 Tony® Awards (original production), including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book (by George Furth). Originally debuting on Broadway 50 years ago – with its fourth revival closing last summer – COMPANY is a mature, intelligent and comically touching look at relationships, vulnerability and “being alive”. The show features many of Sondheim’s best-known and award-winning songs, including “You Could Drive a Person Crazy”, “The Ladies Who Lunch”, “Side by Side by Side” and the title track.

COMPANY’s 2021 Broadway revival won five Tony® Awards (the most of any musical last season), including “Best Musical Revival”, “Best Featured Actress in a Musical” (Patti LuPone), “Best Featured Actor in a Musical” (Matt Doyle) and “Best Scenic Design of a Musical” (Bunny Christie). The 2006 Broadway revival won the Tony® Award for “Best Revival of a Musical” and the 1995 Broadway revival received Tony® nominations for “Best Revival of a Musical” and “Best performance of a star actress in a musical” (Veanne Cox).

In light of SBMT’s production postponement, Justin Kerekes will now star as “Bobby” (replacing his previous role as “Peter”) while Ethan Glasman (“Peter”) along with Guillermo Morales and Emery Ronan Bacon ( Understudies) are new additions to COMPANY. The full cast list is included below.

The COMPANY cast includes Justin Kerekes as ‘Bobby’, Emily Acosta as ‘Sarah’, Benjamin Hatch as ‘Harry’, Kimberly Kay as ‘Susan’, Ethan Glasman as ‘Peter’, Amy Elizabeth Young as ‘Jenny’, James M Jones as “David”, Sarah Thermond as “Amy”, Ted Sclavos as “Paul”, Grace Colón as “Joanne”, Michael Paul Hirsch as “Larry”, Lauren Jiang as “April”, Chlöe Angst as “Marta”, Francesca Cipponeri as “Kathy” and Lauren Berling, Cordelia Larsen, Don Nguyen, Alison Starr, Guillermo Morales and Emery Ronan Bacon as stunt doubles.

In addition to Mr. Nguyen, Mr. Saenz, Mr. Kelly and Ms. Carey, COMPANY’s creative team includes Christopher Morton (Stage Manager), Y. Sharon Peng (Costume, Hair & Makeup), Ed Hunter (Lighting Designer), Patricia Bilello (Prop Designer), Brett Carlson (Set Designer), Angela Yeung and Andy Switky (Co-Sound Designers), Anastasia Helfinstein (Assistant Stage Manager), Stacy Levin (Intimacy Director), Dave Leon (Casting Consultant), Doug Hughes (marketing director) and Sara K. Dean (producer).

SBMT’s 2022-23 season will continue with THE SPITFIRE GRILL (January 28 – February 18, 2023), the WELCOME TO THE SIXTIES: 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION special event, and conclude with SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (May 13 – June 3 2023). More information is available at www.SouthBayMT.com

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