by Stephen Sondheim, George Furth
A coproduction of Ivan Vazov National Theatre and Plovdiv Opera House
Lyrics & Music by Stephen Sondheim
Based on George Furth’s book
Originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Original Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Director: Mihail Petrov
Conductor: Konstantin Dobroikov
Set & Costume Designer: Elena Ivanova
Choreography by Mariana Kruncheva
Assistant director: Georgi Dinev
Vocal coach: Evgeni Gospodinov
Multimedia by Theodor Kiriakov
VICTOR IBRISHIMOV, PARASKEVA DZHUKELOVA, NIKOLAY DOGRAMADJIEV, GERGANA ZMIICHAROVA,
PAVEL IVANOV, BILYANA PETRINSKA, BORISLAV VEZHENOV, EVA DANAILOVA, STELIAN RADEV, VYARA TABAKOVA,
HRISTO CHESHMEDZHIEV, MARIANA PANOVA, VERA GIRGINOVA, ILIANA KODZHABASHEVA, LILIA ILIEVA
Stephen Sondheim, a brilliant reformer, composer, lyricist and dramatist, defined his Company as a ‘concept musical’. The original Broadway production ran for over 700 performances and won six Tony Awards in several categories.
The story unfolds in latter-day New York, revolving around Robert, a single man hesitant about what matters most: partying with friends or committing himself to someone for the rest of his life. The five married couples who are his best friends ask themselves the same questions, answering both unexpectedly and sincerely.
„This is a project dealing with dreamers, adventurers and two directors with a permissible, but indispensable dose of folly“, director: Mihail Petrov said. „Life is like a variety show: the starting point, the scenic environment and the backdrop against which the events in our performance unfold. We are not judgemental of the characters for they are a product of their time. These are the realities of life we have created: replete with irresponsibility, frivolity, unceremoniousness. Still, all this is presented with a lot of humour, irony, self-mockery, hope and expectation for something better laying in store for us! In an open conventional form, by using all possible devices of music and drama, we achieve this effect, which I would define as a total theatre. We’ve got to spread our wings now and fly off! Safe flight, Company!”
Assistant director: Olga Nedialkova, Iva Manolova
Photographer & Poster Designer: Lubomir Sergeev/Sergeev Studio
Photographer: Alexander Bogdan Thompson
Premieres on 12, 13 March 2021.
Unsuitable for 12s and under.
Running time: 2 hrs 20 m, with an intermission.