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'Company' is full of marital advice set to music

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Broadway Rose Theatre Company presents Stephen Sondheim musical (dark) comedy

CRAIG MITCHELLDYER/BROADWAY ROSE THEATRE COMPANY - Jared Q. Miller (left), Andrea Enright and Tim Suenkel are confounded by the intricacies of marriage in the Broadway Rose Theatre Company's production of 'Company.'Broadway Rose Theatre Company kicks off its 2017 Season of Spellbinding Musicals with Stephen Sondheim's musical comedy, "Company."

Preview performance is Thursday, Jan. 26,with opening night Friday, Jan. 27, and performances continuing through Feb. 26. Evening performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; matinees are at 2 p.m. on Sundays and the following Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11 and 18.

Performances are held at the New Stage located at 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard. Tickets are priced from $30 to $46 for adults (depending on date), with discounts available for groups and youth. For a full listing of show performances or to order tickets visit broadwayrose.org, call 503-620-5262, or visit the box office at 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard.

"Company" is a musical comedy based on a book by George Furth titled "Threes" and was one of the first musicals to deal with adult themes and relationships. A trailblazer of the dark comedy, "Company" continues to bewitch audiences with clever storytelling and emotional resonance.

The show focuses on confirmed bachelor Robert who, on the night of his 35th birthday, contemplates his unmarried state. Through a series of humorous and touching vignettes, his married friends illustrate the pros and cons of taking on a spouse, forcing Robert to question his adamant retention of singlehood.

Set to a brilliantly brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's most popular show-stoppers, "Company" is sophisticated, whip-smart funny and profoundly alive.

Heading up the cast is Jared Q. Miller as Bobby. The ensemble includes many of Portland's finest musical theater talent including Caitlin Upshaw (Sarah), Norman Wilson (Harry), Dru Rutledge (Susan), Joel Walker (Peter), Emily Sahler (Jenny), Colin Wood (David), Andrea Enright (Amy), Tim Suenkel (Paul), Luisa Sermol (Joanne), Kurt Raimer (Larry), Renée Lawrence (Marta), Caroline D'Ambrosio (Kathy) and Justine Davis (April).