Director Spiro Veloudos picks 14 terrific performers to fill these roles while musical director Catherine Stornetta taught them the intricate Sondheim score. Choreographer Rachel Bertone supplies the impressive dance numbers for this musical with standout "Side by Side" performed by the whole cast. This talented cast is rewarded with a resounding ovation as their reward on a job extremely well done."Company" - Review by Tony Annicone —The Theatre Mirror
So for a trip back to one of Sondheim's earliest musicals, be sure to catch "Company" at Lyric Stage before the entire run is sold out. It is definitely the must see show of the autumn season.
Perhaps the most ironic facet of the work is that, nearly five decades later, it seems even more relevant today, as relationships have become much more complex. While the basic frame of the musical remains the same, it has taken on remarkable resonance.Lyric Stage's "Company": Singular Sensation —South Shore Critic
As Director of this production, Mr. Veloudos has assembled a cast and creative team that have all of the complex elements of this show working together in perfect harmony. In many ways, this is the most cohesive production of "Company" I have witnessed.Stephen Sondheim's "Company" Lights Up The Lyric Stage - A MUST SEE! —The White Rhino Report
John Ambrosino is the most thoroughly convincing Robert I have seen in many years of enjoying a number of very good productions of this musical. Just as in the play, with book written by George Furth, Robert is nothing without his entourage of friends and dates. And this ensemble is flawless.
Spiro Veloudos directs a production that gives Sondheim junkies every opportunity to savor what they love about this classic. A strong cast deals well with the book-heavy material; its series of talky vignettes pull their dramatic and comedic weight between brightly performed showstoppers like “Side by Side by Side” (which preserves the kick-line but ditches the hats and canes of other stagings) and “You Could Drive a Person Crazy.”A Rousing 'Company' at Lyric Stage —The Boston Globe
“I doubt I could have seen a better staging of this wonderful play anywhere else...Don’t wait. who knows when the gods will send us another production as fine as this one.”You're In Good Company at The Lyric Stage —Boxing Over Broadway
That’s what makes this production so impressive: Working in the closest possible collaboration with Rachel Bertone, his choreographer, Mr. Veloudos has succeeded in locking together the disparate elements of “Company” into an indissolubly unified whole. Not only are the songs acted with total conviction, but they are made to flow out of the sketches with deceptive ease.'Company' Review: Serious Sondheim —The Wall Street Journal
You feel like a guest at the party.
First and foremost, the ensemble is filled with a roster of talent that doesn't quit. Director Veloudos guides his leading man steadily through the vignettes with a flow that rarely stops, so it feels as if Bobby is experiencing the ups and downs of the other couples like riding a raft on a river. Parts of the ride are gentle, and parts are turbulent, but they all lead him to the waterfall. Once he takes the plunge, he can enjoy the pleasures that open up to him, and Ambrosino expresses that rebirth with every fiber.In Very Good COMPANY —Broadway World
Erica Spyres is just about perfect as Amy, who has a crazed meltdown the morning of her wedding to Paul (Tyler Simahk). Her "Getting Married Today" is a musical high point. And then there is Joanne, a boozy spitfire who has been divorced almost as many times as she's been married, played by the exquisite Leigh Barrett. Joanne is older than the rest of Bobby's friends, and she's got the scars to prove it. Her husband, Larry (a soft and charming Will McGarrahan), describes her as a "wildly conceited broad with no self-esteem." Perhaps she is all smoke and mirrors, but under her calloused exterior is a woman who is afraid – like Bobby – of both loving and being loved. Her "Ladies Who Lunch" is a thrilling achievement.At the Lyric Stage, a lustrous revival of a masterpiece —TheaterMania
Part of the potential problem with doing a show like “Company” is that it’s performed so often, can a theater company bring novel, original interpretations to the table? Between Spiro Veloudos’s crisp direction, a multi-talented cast, and remarkable set and lighting, yes. John Ambrosino’s Robert is an interesting combination of world weary and newly hatched. As an actor, he has the quality of active listening which lends gigantic credibility to his performance. When he sings the show-stopping finale, “Being Alive”, you get the sense that Robert doesn’t really know what’s going to happen to him, but he’s open to whatever is. It’s very real. I rooted for him and worried about him and would have googled his character to see how he ended up if I didn’t know it was a play."Company” Dazzles and Stirs at Lyric Stage —Theatre Mirror
“Company” is a rollicking, adult comedy and the Lyric cast performs it with exceptional flair and genuine chemistry.Three’s company: Marriage, friendship and love at Lyric Stage —The Bay State Banner
Jared Says: "Spiro Veloudos ... is a fantastic, sublime interpreter of Sondheim. He really gets this great American composer and writer."WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston —WBUR
One of the highlights of any Boston theater season is a Lyric Stage Company production of a Stephen Sondheim musical. Spiro Veloudos, the Lyric’s producing artistic director, has directed nearly all of the Sondheim canon, with a keen sensitivity to the composer’s works and an understanding of how to stage them in the Lyric’s intimate amphitheater.In 'Company,' Sondheim's Ruminations on Love —The Boston Globe
Members of the cast of Company share their favorite lyrics from the musical.In Comes Company —DigBoston