Favourite song from Stephen Sondheim's Company

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Another Hundred People" — Marta 4
"Being Alive" — Robert 3
"Sorry-Grateful" — Harry, David and Larry 2
"You Could Drive a Person Crazy" — Kathy, April and Marta 1
"Barcelona" — Robert and April 1
"Someone Is Waiting" — Robert 1
"The Ladies Who Lunch" — Joanne 0
"Tick-Tock" — Kathy (Instrumental) 0
"Poor Baby" — Wives 0
"Side by Side by Side"/"What Would We Do Without You?" — Robert and Couples 0
"Marry Me a Little" — Robert 0
"Getting Married Today" — Amy, Paul, Jenny and Company 0
"Have I Got A Girl for You" — Larry, Peter, Paul, David, Harry 0
"The Little Things You Do Together" — Joanne and Couples 0
"Company" — Robert and Company 0


that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 19:56 (seven years ago) link

One of my favorite Sondheim's. "The Ladies Who Lunch" is the obvious one, but I need to think for a bit. I really like "Getting Married Today" too.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 19:58 (seven years ago) link

I've never heard all of "Company." I could do a "Follies" poll.

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 19:59 (seven years ago) link

The 2006 Broadway revival is on youtube here
I think the soundtrack album of this is the best after the orginal.

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 20:04 (seven years ago) link

Raul Esparza is so perfect in this.

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 20:06 (seven years ago) link

Favourite Song from Stephen Sondheim's Company: The Fall 2013 GAYLXORS Thread

bad bad disco (Eazy), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 20:11 (seven years ago) link

Broadway revival is also on Netflix instant streaming (or at least, it used to be) and is well worth the watch.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 20:15 (seven years ago) link

"another hundred people"!

red sobule (get bent), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 20:54 (seven years ago) link

between the 2006 "company" and the 2005 "sweeney todd," that was an amazing time for sondheim revivals on broadway.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 20:58 (seven years ago) link

Both John Doyle directing?

bad bad disco (Eazy), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 22:07 (seven years ago) link

Sorry-Grateful. it has such a melancholy melody, love the lyrics.

obv "Being Alive" is the gravitas ballad but I mean "Sorry-Grateful" is what I come back to.

Neanderthal, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 22:07 (seven years ago) link

I think I'd pick Another Hundred People as my favourite, especially Pamela Myers' version from the original cast recording... I'm not so keen on any of the versions I've heard sung by other people, they all seem go kind of shrill on the 'Did you get my message/'Cause I looked in Vain' part. I think I read somewhere that Sondheim wrote the song specifically for Myers?
Also, did young Pamela Myers look a lot like Lena Dunham, or are these two photos misleading?

http://www.masterworksbroadway.com/sites/broadwaymw/files/imagecache/preview/photos/MYERS_Pamela_phB.jpg

http://magazine.uc.edu/famousalumni/broadway/pam_myers/_jcr_content/MainContent/textimage_1/image.img.jpg/1320877143362.jpg

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Wednesday, 11 September 2013 22:20 (seven years ago) link

Both John Doyle directing?

yes, and both fantastic.

fact checking cuz, Wednesday, 11 September 2013 23:21 (seven years ago) link

"getting married today" I think

combination hair (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:29 (seven years ago) link

I've only heard the versions of these on Side by Side by Sondheim - are they the originals or different?

not some dude poking a Line 6 pedal with his dick (sarahell), Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:32 (seven years ago) link

I think Side by Side by Sondheim combines some of the songs from Company into a medley? The poll was not meant to be for any particular recording of Company, though, just favourite songs.

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:39 (seven years ago) link

"Getting Married Today" is some insane diction calisthenics

Neanderthal, Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:42 (seven years ago) link

“Why / Watch me die / Like Eliza on the ice? / Look, perhaps / I’ll collapse, / in the apse / right before you all.” Though the Uncle Tom’s Cabin reference may fly by too quickly, and the word apse might cause confusion or be mistaken for “abs,” Sondheim uses a catalog of references to literature to terrific effect in A Little Night Music.

Why would you mistake it for abs? How can you collapse in the abs?

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:42 (seven years ago) link

I'd never seen this before today, but there's a fantastic documentary about the recording of the original cast recording of Company here on youtube

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:56 (seven years ago) link

I've only heard the versions of these on Side by Side by Sondheim - are they the originals or different?

those are all different versions, performed anew for the "side by side" revue.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:56 (seven years ago) link

Has anyone here ever been in a production of Company?

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Thursday, 12 September 2013 11:10 (seven years ago) link

I've always meant to get into Company. I think I listened to the soundtrack on Spotify about a year ago, but I don't remember much of it. I'm tempted to vote for "Side by Side by Side," but only since I sang it as part of a performance during college-orientation week.

What's the one with "Bobby, come on over for dinner" -- the title track?

My Sondheim jam is A Little Night Music, btw.

Geoffrey Schweppes (jaymc), Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:18 (seven years ago) link

i love this musical. i love almost all sondheim stuff actually. we should poll all his plays.

Mordy , Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:23 (seven years ago) link

i pretty much rate it as
Being Alive > Sorry-Grateful > The Ladies Who Lunch > Getting Married Today > You Could Drive a Person Crazy > The Little Things You Do Together > Someone is Waiting > Side by Side by Side > Have I Got a Girl For You > Company > Another Hundred People > Barcelona > Poor Baby > Tick-Tock > Marry Me a Little

Mordy , Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:25 (seven years ago) link

blow out the candles and make a wish. want something. want something.

Mordy , Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:31 (seven years ago) link

Oh this is impossible. "Another Hundred People," I guess, but "Sorry-Grateful" is one of the most accurate and harshest songs about marriage ever. "Little Things" is magnificent wordplay, and so on. Only song I don't care for is "Poor Baby."

col, Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:33 (seven years ago) link

even tho i voted being alive i'm happy sorry-grateful is getting a lot of love. always felt really insightful to me.

Mordy , Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:35 (seven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 17 September 2013 00:01 (seven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:01 (seven years ago) link

http://www.sondheim.com/discussions/miller/past/in_gay_company.html

I thought this was interesting

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Saturday, 28 September 2013 23:37 (seven years ago) link

Do you think Company has a 'gay aesthetic', in the sense that it is an outsider's perspective on hetro marriage? I was thinking that the lyrics to What Would We Do Without You? could almost be about someone chafing at a constricting role as a neutered'gay best friend':
What would we do without you?
How would we ever get through?
Who sends anniversary wishes?
Who helps with the dishes
And never says boo?
Who changes subjects on cue?
Who cheers us up when we're blue?
Who is a flirt, but never a threat,
Reminds us of our birthdays which we always forget?

Maybe this is only because I know Sondheim is gay, and this is reductive way to look at it, idk

that is how ghosts laugh (bends), Saturday, 28 September 2013 23:42 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

a version w/ NPH, jon cryer + steven colbert is showing on pbs right now. i didn't even know such a thing existed

Mordy , Saturday, 9 November 2013 02:40 (seven years ago) link

I believe they are doing a reconfigured-as-gay production somewhere soon

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 9 November 2013 02:45 (seven years ago) link

colbert can't really sing. i don't remember a lot of the non-music parts (i most recently watched it w/ raul esparza). i wonder if it's new material or i just forget.

Mordy , Saturday, 9 November 2013 02:46 (seven years ago) link

Just watched this. Oh hey there's a Sondheim musical that is actually about my life? Yikes!

polyphonic, Saturday, 9 November 2013 21:53 (seven years ago) link

oklahoma is on great performances tnite! yay pbs

Mordy , Saturday, 16 November 2013 02:13 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

some genius has just put Sondheim's 'Inside The Actor's Studio' up on youtube. a thing of beauty and a joy forever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRCzBeLzNPs

piscesx, Monday, 13 February 2017 21:54 (four years ago) link

can't believe Ladies Who Lunch got 0 votes -- that is the best.

sarahell, Monday, 13 February 2017 23:13 (four years ago) link

yes i was just marveling over the same thing. def deserved some votes. above i rated it as the 3rd best from the musical.

Mordy, Monday, 13 February 2017 23:26 (four years ago) link

don't understand what ppl see in another hundred people which is okay but not imo near the heights of company

Mordy, Monday, 13 February 2017 23:27 (four years ago) link

Ladies who Lunch and Getting Married Today are the best two imo

sarahell, Monday, 13 February 2017 23:34 (four years ago) link

<3

Mordy, Monday, 13 February 2017 23:40 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

I highly recommend getting stoned and listening to the original broadway cast recording of company on headphones. and then doing the same with pacific overtures...

J. Sam, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 14:39 (two years ago) link

five months pass...
nine months pass...

I just watched the cast recording documentary by Pennebaker, which just hit the Criterion Channel. Why did they have to do the whole thing in one night? Did Steve lose a bet?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 June 2020 17:44 (one year ago) link

IIRC, a lot of studio cast albums are done that way on a day/night the show is black early in the run.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 11 June 2020 18:10 (one year ago) link

well they had to get Stritch to come back anyway in the end

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 11 June 2020 19:12 (one year ago) link

I've played for a few revues that did songs from the show, but my first time actually seeing it staged was last year, when a friend of mine played April in a community production at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in New Hampshire. For reasons that I don't fully understand (although I have some suspicions), the music was reduced to piano two hands, performed on a concert grand on stage. They also made Amy and Paul a gay couple, and the guy playing Amy/Jamie (also a friend of mine) couldn't sing, but got the manic energy down perfectly.

Revolutionary Girl Utrenja (Tom Violence), Thursday, 11 June 2020 20:54 (one year ago) link

I love the pennebaker film and I watch this so frequently on youtube, or at least the highlights. the original cast recording is definitely the best version. Another Hundred People/You could drive a person crazy/Ladies who lunch all definitive versions. The deranged andrews sisters harmonies on you could drive a person crazy should literally pierce your eardrums and this is the only version that really goes for that (the 1996 London version gives pretty good as well) by contrast, Another Hundred people is so demanding and no other singer I know of has managed to avoid sounding too shrieking or strident or to balance the pathos, cynicism and romanticism in the lyrics - most settle for one register and battle through it. The film really gets across something very particular about the musical - its damp griminess; ugly, overdecorated park avenue apartments, synthetic fibres, midtown pianobars. The apalling makeup, the producer with the neckerchief. Sondheim is not at all handsome (I think he looks good in photographs from the period) and seems really slimey and imperious but also derangedly exacting and so identified with Bobby and Dean jones a brilliantly empty realisation of the character - but imagine anthony perkins (who was originally cast but dropped out during rehearsals), who I think could have brought out a nastiness in the character that the most anodyne productions gloss over. Nastiness is key to sondheim in general and Company in particular.

plax (ico), Sunday, 21 June 2020 09:13 (one year ago) link

omg, how did I miss this? This is one of my favorite musicals!

"Being Alive" is too easy a choice, it's a song that speaks to me personally enough that I've performed it in public multiple times, but...I generally don't like to listen to it outside the show, because it's much more stirring when you get through the 2 hours of build-up to it.

I think "Sorry-Grateful" is my fav. love the melody and the lyrics.

I want to be in this when theater resumes. probably not as Bobby, that's already (kind of) my name and also it'll be kind of a mid-life crisis role.

I hear that sometimes Satan wants to defund police (Neanderthal), Sunday, 21 June 2020 14:58 (one year ago) link

i think you can watch the whole of the 1996 donmar version on youtube. its definitely the most enjoyable 'updated' versions (dir Sam mendes) even if you can't be arsed, the version of "side by side/what would we do without you" is worth watching.

plax (ico), Sunday, 21 June 2020 16:38 (one year ago) link

Check this it's fantastic. No idea why it's been sitting up there on YouTube in full for for all this time but there it is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGkj3ljFGs8

piscesx, Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:48 (one year ago) link

follies/company>>>>>>>>>>>>sunday in the park with george>merrily we roll along>a little night music> pacific overtures>assassins>sweeney todd>into the woods

plax (ico), Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:06 (one year ago) link

omg, how did I miss this?

i missed it too, obviously, because The Ladies who Lunch is the fucking best and no one voted for it? ... Getting Married Today is also rad.

sarahell, Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:10 (one year ago) link

"derangedly exacting" nails my sense of Sondheim, but it can be argued that's how he got there.

Tony Perkins might've been a touch to old to play Bobby, I think it probably had something to do with his ups and downs of his relationship with S.S.

plax, did you see Marriage Story? Two covers from this show are in it.

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:12 (one year ago) link

heh maybe we should do an ILX compilation of Sondheim covers

sarahell, Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:17 (one year ago) link

also find it strange that Beth Howland is known for being the original Amy in this, and otherwise only for her one-joke character in TV's "Alice."

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:21 (one year ago) link

No I avoided marriage story but this is reason enough to give it a go?

plax (ico), Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:42 (one year ago) link

Lol omg didn't even notice ladies who lunch didn't get a vote, that's just off

plax (ico), Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:42 (one year ago) link

Side by side and little things you do together are also without votes

plax (ico), Sunday, 21 June 2020 18:43 (one year ago) link

reason enough, no, but I ilked it

"Being Alive" too gay for me even when Adam Driver sings it

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 21 June 2020 19:17 (one year ago) link

How about Judd Hirsch, then?
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VqPeZdq1An4

Deflatormouse, Sunday, 21 June 2020 21:16 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Hey, look what Criterion's doing:

https://www.criterion.com/films/30212-original-cast-album-company

And of particular note:

New audio commentary by composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 May 2021 17:23 (one month ago) link

Dooooooope!

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 17 May 2021 17:39 (one month ago) link

Aw man, two of my three favorite songs from this didn't get any votes! Glad "Being Alive" is up there, but can't believe that "Getting Married Today" and "Marry Me a Little" got zero votes.

hourspass, Monday, 17 May 2021 17:43 (one month ago) link

Amazing!

plax (ico), Monday, 17 May 2021 18:07 (one month ago) link

Any bonus stritch they wanna throw in I'm happy to take

plax (ico), Monday, 17 May 2021 18:08 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Sweeney Todd used to be my favorite Sondheim (and it's still close). but as I got older, this one took over....by a long shot.

and god do I love the Esparza recording.

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 21:51 (two weeks ago) link

"Getting Married Today" — Amy, Paul, Jenny and Company 0

HEATHENS

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

one of the funniest musical comedy pieces ever

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

and god do I love the Esparza recording.

― Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal),

More than the original with Dean Jones and Elaine Stritch?

How does the opening number have 0 votes?? I fucking hate polls

Fauna Sukkot (Deflatormouse), Monday, 7 June 2021 23:34 (two weeks ago) link

Elaine Stritch *is* Joanne afaic, all other Joannes are imposters, even Patti LuPone!

Fauna Sukkot (Deflatormouse), Monday, 7 June 2021 23:44 (two weeks ago) link

LuPone's overrated, though I did like her in 2008's revival of Gypsy (directed by Laurents himself)

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 23:51 (two weeks ago) link

definitely thinking of heading to NYC in 2022 for the gender-swapped version with Katrina Lenk - she was marvelous in The Band's Visit

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 23:54 (two weeks ago) link

I actually had planned to see that revival on my last two consecutive birthdays, but was thwarted both times- the first time it was cause they pushed back the opening date, and the second COVID obv

Fauna Sukkot (Deflatormouse), Monday, 7 June 2021 23:59 (two weeks ago) link

a third delay will not stand

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Monday, 7 June 2021 23:59 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, it's on this year. I'll splurge on great seats and have a drink at the Seagram building first.

Fauna Sukkot (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 00:06 (two weeks ago) link

Ok, I probably won't *really* have a drink at the 4 Seasons or whatever it's called now but i am gonna check out this show for sure

Fauna Sukkot (Deflatormouse), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 00:08 (two weeks ago) link

Here's to the fleders who welch

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 00:23 (two weeks ago) link

my dad and mother watch a lot of SVU, I've been more interested in watching Raul Esparza. always want him to break out into "Being Alive" tho

Feta Van Cheese (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 02:30 (two weeks ago) link


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