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|Stephen Sondheim, Adrian Lester, Sheila Gish|
Company - A Musical Comedy (1996 London Revival Cast)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
While the original version of Company is still indispensable for any self-respecting Broadway fan, this London revival directed by Sam Mendes has enough sharp edges to make it a welcome addition. The anger underlining "You... more »
While the original version of Company is still indispensable for any self-respecting Broadway fan, this London revival directed by Sam Mendes has enough sharp edges to make it a welcome addition. The anger underlining "You Could Drive a Person Crazy" is more forceful than ever (especially with loud-and-clear interjections like "son of a bitch!"), and the small orchestra plays with uncommon energy. As Robert/Bobby, Adrian Lester injects new resonance into a character usually perceived as being passive: "Barcelona" features some particularly good acting, while "Marry Me a Little is touchingly tender. This version doesn't rank as high as the original one (what could?) but it's more interesting than the 1995 Broadway revival. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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There's a reason this recording is out of print
Jay Adeff | 05/15/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There's a reason this recording is out of print. It is, without a doubt, the worst recording of Company ever. Adrian Lester is so bad as Bobby; lifeless and monotonous. For the life of me I can't understand what anyone sees in him. The rest of the cast is pretty bad too, and the recording sounds like it was made in a stadium with odd acoustics that go in and out. The original Broadway cast is still the best, followed by the 1995 Broadway revival (Boyd Gaines is great), and then the bizarre 2006 Broadway revival (am I the only one who detests John Doyle's minimalist approach with the cast members playing the instruments???)."
Michael J. Ewin | San Diego, CA United States | 08/06/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Just listened to Adrian Lester being dead. Worst "Being Alive" ever. Flat, dull, full range of emotions from A to B (thanks Pauline Kael)"