Who doesn't envy a handsome bachelor, loved by women and envied by men?
And what bachelor in his right mind would ruin it all by committing to love, marriage, maybe children, and a lifetime of the craziness that goes with it?
In "Company," opening Friday at
"The material is so powerfully true about love, relationships and marriage," said Director
As Murphy explained it, Furth initially conceived the show as a series of one-act plays about marriage. He couldn't get them produced, so he showed them to Sondheim, who incorporated the central character of Bobby to link the stories together.
"Company" originally opened on
Arena actually has staged the show before, in 1976 and 1984.
When Murphy saw the
"Todd is one of my dearest friends," Murphy said. "He is a very frequent collaborator in theater."
Murphy knew "Company" was one of Frymier's favorite shows, and that day he walked out of the movie theater he told his wife,
Arena came through for him and agreed to do the show. Murphy said of Frymier, "He's at the age now where he's perfect for it."
Murphy said it's a complicated role. "Todd is just so charming and funny, but with a little bit of an edge to him and just a little bit of darkness."
Frymier has had a busy year, playing varied roles locally such as
When Murphy first saw "Company," he was a bachelor and roughly the same age as Bobby in the show. "I found it so relatable," he said.
Now that he's been married for 1 1/2 years and is directing the show, he's discovered much of what the show portrays about marriage as it was in the '70s is "profoundly true" today. But the advent of cell phones and electronic communication has contributed to a disconnectedness that can put even more strain on marriages.
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