By Stephen Sondheim
Presented by Ignatians Musical Society
Directed by Catarina Hebbard
RELATIONSHIPS are living, breathing and ever-changing things and Company the Musical is an insight into what marriage really can be like: the good, the bad and the…really bad.
At the heart of the show is Robert, aka Bobby (Bradley McCaw), who is surrounded by his coupled friends. In a variety of ways they apply pressure on him to settle down – all the while revealing their own relationship highs and lows.
On the eve of Bobby’s 35th birthday he is challenged to discover what it is he really wants in life.
The pace and plot positioning is challenging to keep up with as you learn there is no direct storyline and instead a mix of Bobby’s memories.
Musicals are not my thing so enjoying the evening at Company the Musical was always going to be a task. So although bored by the story and concept, I could appreciate there were some great musical talents. Huge support was obvious from the crowd which included more than just family and friends on opening night.
McCaw stole the show, as he should in the leading role. His voice was impeccable and stage presence strong. A New York player – he had the air of an arrogant womaniser down to a tee.
Stand out supporting acts included were Lisa Marie Gargione as Amy. Her comical “runaway bride” scene was delivered impeccably and provoked many laughs.
Heidi Enchelmaier as April was a great as the ditzy flight attendant and Tammy Sarah Linde as Sarah with Chris Kellet as Harry worked well as the competitive couple.
The strength of the cast’s singing can’t be faulted but unfortunately there were some speaker or microphone issues when Erika Naddei sang, which detracted from her otherwise solid performance.
American accents were superb and whoever coached the cast should be proud.
Luke Volker was the conductor behind the scenes leading the band which provided the show’s score. There was quality sound from this group.
Company the Musical is showing until July 5. Tickets qtix.com.au.
KELLIE SCOTT June 24. 2014