In this new podcast, Paul goes behind the curtain with two cast members from the hit revival of Company, a new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s classic. This version re-imagined by director Marianne Elliott (War Horse and Angels in America) brings us Bobbie’s 35th birthday party except this time around, the character of Bobbie is a woman. Joining in the conversation are Ali Bourzgui (who plays Paul) and who you will remember from his unforgettable turn as Tommy in The Who’s Tommy recently at the Goodman), and Matt Rodin (Jamie) who play a gay couple, another element new to this production. Why isn’t Bobbie married at age 35? She searches for answers in this warm and very funny production.
Classic songs include: Ladies Who Lunch, Being Alive, You could Drive a Person Crazy and Side by Side by Side…
An amazing evening with this 5 Tony award winner, including Best Revival of a Musical which plays at the Cadillac Palace until November 12th.
Tickets may be purchased at: www.BroadwayinChicago.com
Here is Paul’s review of Company:
Chicago is in Great Company!! The re-envisioned production of Company has made this classic Sondheim show even more relevant and relatable for today’s generations. Each member of the ensemble adds a dimension relatable to so many…and have all of us considering the value of marriage and relationship over personal happiness. There are so many songs made popular and everlasting by this show that you may be stunned and say to yourself often, “I didn’t know that song came from THIS show!” Indeed, Ladies Who Lunch, I’m Not Getting Married, Side by Side by Side, You Could Drive a Person Crazy, Being Alive….yes, they are ALL from this classic production! And among the talented cast, a shout out has to go to Chicago’s Very Own Matt Rodin who plays Jaime…his performance of “I’m not getting Married Today” breathes new life and meaning into a classic song, is an absolute showstopper, and will long be remembered as one of the best moments of this production.
*** ½ / 4
Paul Lisnek, Host, “Behind the Curtain,” WGNRadio.com