Donna McKechnie, a Tony winner for A Chorus Line and star of Off- Broadway's Annie Warbucks, and Alix Korey, who won acclaim for her multiple roles in Off-Broadway's No Way To Treat A Lady, are among the ladies who've launched Company at the Helen Hayes Center in Nyack, NY. The show opened June 17 and ends its scheduled run July 4.
McKechnie plays acerbic Joanne (aka "the Stritch role") in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's landmark 1970 musical, while Korey gets to grapple with crazy Amy's "I'm Not Getting Married." Nancy Johnson plays Sarah, Susann Fletcher plays Susan and Beverly Ward play Jenny. Marta ("Another Hundred People") is played by Emily Rozek, while Sara Gettelfinger weights the pull of "Barcelona" as April. Ken Tangi Dorsey is Kathy.
On the male side, Side Show's Norm Lewis stars as Robert ("Bobby" to his friends), who's torn between the single life and emotional commitment. Two-time Tony nominee Joel Blum (Steel Pier, Show Boat) is Paul, while Kirby Ward (married to the aforementioned Beverly) is David.
Rod Kaats, a veteran of the Harold Prince Musical Theatre Program, directs the musical, which is choreographed by Danny Herman. Company also features Tom Demenkoff (Harry), Jay Montgomery (Peter) and Joseph Kolinski (Larry).
For tickets and information on Company at the Hayes Center call (914) 358-6333. After Company, the Hayes will host Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna's retrospective comedy, If You Ever Leave Me...I'm Going With You, followed by a Marvin Hamlisch solo concert and Catskills in Rockland II, featuring Catskills on Broadway originals Freddie Roman and Dick Capri.
-- By David Lefkowitz