David Campbell to Star in Australian Company; Sondheim to Visit and Chat

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Australian actor David Campbell, who starred in the New York premiere of Stephen Sondheim's early effort Saturday Night, will head the cast of another Sondheim musical, Company.

David Campbell and Tamsin Carroll will star in a new Australian production of Company.
David Campbell and Tamsin Carroll will star in a new Australian production of Company.

Campbell will play soul-searching bachelor Bobby in Peter Cousens' Kookaburra - The National Musical Theatre Company production of the Sondheim-George Furth musical. Performances begin June 27 at the Theatre Royal in Sydney; the production will play a limited engagement through Aug. 4.

Directed by Gale Edwards with choreography by John O'Connell, the Company company will also feature Tamsin Carroll, Simon Burke, Natalie Alexopoulos, Trisha Crowe, Rodney Dobson, Pippa Grandison. Scott Irwin, Anne Looby, James Millar, Chelsea Plumley, Katrina Retallick, Christie Whelan and William Zappa.

The design team comprises Brian Thomson (set design), Julie Lynch (costume design), Damien Cooper (lighting design) and Michael Walters (sound design). Peter Casey is the show's musical director.

On July 6 at 2 PM, Theatre Royal will host An Audience with Stephen Sondheim. The award-winning composer will be interviewed about his life and musical theatre career. Performances from several of his musicals will also be offered featuring stars of the Australian musical theatre.

In a statement Kookaburra artistic director and CEO Peter Cousens said, "It is over 30 years since Stephen Sondheim has been to Australia. We are thrilled that he is coming to see Company and that he has so generously given his time to Kookaburra. The Audience with Stephen Sondheim will be an opportunity for many of us to ask those questions we have always wanted ask but were never in the same room to do so." The 1970 Tony-winning Best Musical Company was originally produced on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre and features such classic Sondheim tunes as "The Little Things You Do Together," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Another Hundred People," "Getting Married Today," "Being Alive" and the second-act show-stopper, "The Ladies Who Lunch." The original Broadway production featured Dean Jones, Barbara Barrie, Elaine Stritch and Beth Howland. The current Broadway revival — directed by John Doyle and starring Raul Esparza — will end its run July 1.

For more information visit www.kookaburra.org.au.

David Campbell (far right) and the Australian cast of <i>Company</i>.
David Campbell (far right) and the Australian cast of Company.
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