Company to Kick Off "Screening Sondheim" Series at the Beechman in February

News   Company to Kick Off "Screening Sondheim" Series at the Beechman in February
 
"Screening Sondheim" is the title of a new series that will be presented at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, which is located within the West Bank Café on West 42nd Street.
Company, starring Ra
Company, starring Ra Photo by Paul Kolnik

The series will kick off Feb. 20 with a screening of the upcoming PBS broadcast of Company, which features Raúl Esparza as perennial bachelor Bobby. The 7 PM evening will begin with a pre-show discussion with members of the cast of the recent Company revival followed by the presentation of Company on a large screen. The new series will continue with screenings of Into the Woods (March 22), Sunday in the Park with George (April 5) and Sweeney Todd (May 3).

Company ended its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre July 1, 2007. The Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical played 34 previews and 247 performances. The revival began previews Oct. 29, 2006, and opened on Nov. 29 at the Barrymore on West 47th Street. It began at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in spring 2006, and commercial producers of Broadway's 2005-06 Sweeney Todd swooped in.

This Company won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Revival of a Musical. Mary-Mitchell Campbell won the Drama Desk for her fresh orchestrations.

The cast also included Barbara Walsh as Joanne; Keith Buterbaugh as Harry; Matt Castle as Peter; Robert Cunningham as Paul; Angel Desai as Marta; Kelly Jeanne Grant as Kathy; Kristin Huffman as Sarah; Amy Justman as Susan; Heather Laws as Amy; Leenya Rideout as Jenny; Fred Rose as David; Bruce Sabath as Larry; and Elizabeth Stanley as April.

The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located within the West Bank Café at 407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue. There is no cover charge for the screening, although there is a $15 food/drink minimum. For reservations call (212) 695-6909.

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