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Here at last is Furth's libretto to the convention-shattering 1970 musical (revived on Broadway in 1995) that launched composer Sondheim's most fertile period--and his cult. Originally a series of one-act plays about marriage, the musical adds a linking character, Robert, who is the only one without a spouse. In visiting each of a half dozen couples who are his friends, Robert seeks to learn "what do you get" from being married. The answer is far from Hallmark, but visceral. The text includes Furth's witty, cutting dialogue and Sondheim's brilliant lyrics--especially to "Another Hundred People," "Have I Got a Girl for You" and "Being Alive." A portrait of urban angst that is nonetheless hilarious.
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group; 25th edition (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559361085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559361088
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "jbhapgood2" on January 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
When Mr. Sondheim and and Mr. Furth wrote the show they wanted to have something that would make the audience laugh all night and then stay awake the rest of the night thinking about it. And that is EXACTLY what they did! Mr. Furth developes his characters so well as does Sondheim. To fully get the show one might consider getting the cd (original cast album is the best and can be found here on Amazon.com as well) This is seriously the best libretto I own.. and I own MANY.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Bereschik on April 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm giving this five stars, with the explanation that I love Sondheim, and "Company" is my favorite work of his.
With that said, I saw a touring production of Company in 1972, and fell in love with it. Listening to the original cast LP and CD over the years, I found it to be a light, fun, bouncy musical, even though some serious topics are addressed.
Now, reading the book, I realize (and remember) that "Company" is much darker than it seems on the surface. This comes through in the scenes and dialogue, not so much in the songs. For instance - Harry and Sarah's sparring, Harry's drinking, Peter's propositioning Bobby, Joanne's propositioning Bobby. This certainly doesn't detract, but rather adds a new dimenstion, and it makes for a different listening of the soundtrack.
Also, it's nice to have all the lyrics in one spot. For the most part, the songs are understandable. But for those several songs when characters are singing different lines at the same time, it's nice to have a reference and be able to pick out the words.
Bottom line - a must for "Company" fans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Smallridge on May 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
What I did to thoroughly enjoy reading Sondheim's "Company" is read the play while listening to the music. It is a great way to experience one of his most honest works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer 2543 on July 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have the book and the DVD which I watch over and over again (great to do the dishes by.)

This is a must have for home libraries of all musical theater lovers and Sondheim admirers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Musical Mathematician on October 19, 2010
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Product was exactly what I wanted and got here right on time for the show to start so that I could have my lines memorized
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