A musical about relationships and the madness of marriage, considered by some to be composer Stephen Sondheim’s finest work, will be staged two weekends in March along the Allegheny River in Aspinwall.
“Company” will be presented by Riverfront Theater Company March 17-19 and March 24-26 at Allegheny RiverTrail Park near Freeport Road.
“This show has something for everyone,” said actress Carly Fuller. “Because it touches on so many different relationships and types of romantic relationships, there are moments that anyone can find relatable.
“As a single man in his thirties, I know all too well my married friends’ questions and the dating world.”
The Tony Award-winning play was first produced on Broadway in 1970. It was nominated for a record 14 Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical and Best Score.
Written by George Furth, the musical features some of Sondheim’s best-known songs, including “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” and “Being Alive.”
A plot line is interwoven with vignettes that begin with the 35th birthday of a confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplating his promise to remain celibate.
He relies on his friends to relay the pros and cons — some hilarious, some heartbreaking — of marriage.
“Audiences can look forward to a wonderful, talent-filled evening of musical theatre,” said director Matt Mlynarski. “We’re presenting it in a way that will immerse audiences in the show’s vignettes, and we’ll all continue Bobby’s journey together.”
Mlynarski is making his return as a director at the Riverfront Theater Company after a long hiatus that dates back about a decade when the group staged their performances at the former O’Hara Community Center. He most recently performed with the band last year after landing the role of Wadsworth in the virtual production of “Clue.”
Fuller said community theater appealed to him for its chance to present high-profile performances in an intimate space with local talent.
“Not being able to perform during the covid quarantine times really made me miss the live theater and the feeling of being in a cast,” said Fuller, who has been performing since elementary school.
She said she was looking forward to bringing the direct, brutally honest and sometimes infuriating role of Joanne to life in the next show.
“It’s a dream role,” Fuller said.
Likewise, lead performer Rick Hvizdak has been performing since he was 9 years old and has performed in over 40 shows.
Working on a Sondheim production is considered the “holy grail,” he said.
“When I saw they were doing auditions for ‘Company,’ I came out of my five-year hiatus to audition,” Hvizdak said. “Doing the production in a unique space by the river gives us the opportunity to intimately share this story about evaluating life choices and relationships.”
Spectators must show proof of covid-19 vaccination or test negative within 72 hours.