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McLean Community Players Prepare to Open ‘Company’

The McLean Community Players are presenting George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s ground-breaking musical “Company” as the next production in its 2016-17 season. “Company” opens on Friday, Feb. 3 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 19 at The Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center, located at 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean.

After its Broadway debut in 1970, “Company” was nominated for fourteen Tony Awards and won six. Sharon Veselic, the director of the McLean Community Players’ production, leads an award-winning cast and crew in bringing this production to the Alden stage.

The plot revolves around Bobby – a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage – the five married couples who are his best friends and his three girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, Furth’s book for “Company” features a series of interlocking sketches, in which the audience sees the ups and downs in the marriages of Bobby’s friends.

The sketches are connected by the dazzling Sondheim score, which consists of fifteen musical numbers including “Getting Married Today,” “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive.”

“This is a new ‘Company’ that will take the ’60s mannequin characterizations, and bring them into the present time. Every show evolves, changes, adapts and recreates itself within the original script,” Veselic said. “The time period will remain, but the characters are now more thoughtful, sensitive and searching within. In this production, the goal is to give the audience a ‘thinking’ cast of New Yorkers – not the version of the hard, unlikable, bitter characters of the past.”

Tickets for the show are $23 – $25. The show will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit mcleanplayers.org.