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We're moving into the "great" Sondheim musicals of the 1970s and 80s, starting with the groundbreaking Company (1970) with its perennial questions about gender, sexuality, and the changing nature of marriage & human relationships.

We talk about:

- "New morality” in the works of John A.T. Robinson, Harvey Cox, and how it is explored in the work of Sondheim

- The isolation & verticalization of urban life in the 1960s and 70s.

- Bobby’s questions about human relationships—sexual, romantic, platonic—and the deep ambivalence he represents

- Attempts to update Company—often by changing gender roles

- The women of Company – especially Joanne and her great number “The Ladies Who Lunch”

- The changing nature of marriage and human commitment – in society and in the church

You’ll Hear:

- “Company,” “The Little Things You Do Together,” “Sorry-Grateful”, “Getting Married Today,” “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive” from the Original Broadway Production on the 1970 cast album

- “Marry Me A Little” sung by Raul Esparza from the 2006 Broadway Revival Album.

- “Happily Ever After” sung by Craig Lucas on the 1986 album “A Collector’s Sondheim”

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