Another World Theatre Day is upon us, and what better time to reflect back on some of our favourite theatre memories while also looking ahead to exciting theatrical events that are coming up. One of the most anticipated events in Toronto would be Theatre 20’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. The show was announced last year, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting further details about the cast and creative team.
Today the Theatre 20 team finally introduced the city to its newest ‘Bobby’ – Theatre 20 Founding Artist Dan Chameroy. It took four days of auditions where the creative team saw nearly fifty Canadian actors before they chose Chameroy to lead the production as the commitment phobic birthday boy struggling with issues of life and love.
The creative team will be led by Director Gary Griffin, with Musical Direction by Scott Christian, Choreography by Marc Kimelman, Set and Costume Design by Beth Kates and Lighting by Stephen Ross. Griffin comes to Toronto from Chicago where he just finished directing the incredibly successful production of GYPSY starring Canada’s Louise Pitre as Mama Rose, and Christian was a member of Theatre 20’s inaugural Composium and the Musical Director of the 2012 and 2013 Emerging Artist Ensemble.
It’s no secret that Company is one of my favourite musicals – and arguably my favourite Sondheim as well. I love its exploration of love and relationships, and identify with Bobby far more than I probably should. The lyrics are witty and smart with a biting tone that forces you to look inward and reflect on the state of your life and emotional ties to others. While it’s at times incredibly dismal, I maintain that overall it is a show with a message of hope that encourages people to expect more from themselves, from others and from love.
Your first experience with a Sondheim show is always special, and your first experience with Company should be as well. I remember mine like it was yesterday, especially the visceral feelings and emotions that swelled as the story unfolded. I’m incredibly excited for Torontonians to experience this talented group of people tackle a show I hold so near and dear to my heart. Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth – it’s sure to please.
Tickets for Company go on sale to the general public on Monday April 14th, 2014 and range from $30-$89. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 416-368-3110 or at www.canadianstage.com
The production will be on stage from June 21st to July 13th at the Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs and will include a limited number of premium on-stage seating at “Bobby’s Birthday Party”
In addition to the show, Dan Chameroy will host Theatre 20’s monthly cabaret “The Company We Keep” on April 27th at Alleycatz Live Jazz Bar and Restaurant. The entire cast of Company will attend the May 30th Cabaret.