Grace Notes: “Company” at CU is sold out, Boulder Symphony “Curiosity Concert”

Sondheim’s 1970s musical; “The Good, the Bad, the Music!”

By Peter Alexander March 9 at 2:40 p.m.

The CU Department of Theatre and Dance is presenting the quintessential 1970s musical, Stephen Sondheim’s Company, but over the past 24 hours the show sold out.

The story of a bachelor whose married friends want him to get married and settle down, Company won six Tony awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Lyrics and Best Book. The original ensemble cast starred Dean Jones as Robert (“Bobby”) and Elaine Stritch as Joanne. That 1970 performance featured one of the iconic Broadway performances of the time, Stritch’s rendition of “Ladies who Lunch.”

Although firmly planted in the social mores of the times, Company continues to be popular, and three Broadway revivals—the most recent in 2021 with gender reversals in the cast—and numerous regional performances have kept the show before the public.

The CU production was designed by Annika Radovcich and stage directed by Bud Coleman. Adam Ewing is the music director. 

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Company by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Orchestration by Jonathan Tunick
University of Colorado Department of Theatre and Dance


7:30 p.m. Friday, March 10; Saturday, March 11, Wednesday, March 15; Thursday March 16; Friday, March 17; and Saturday, March 18
2 p.m. Sundays March 12 and March 19

Charlotte York Irey Theatre, University Theatre Building

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It’s not Clint Eastwood, but it is the local Sheriff of Musical Harmony.

The “Curiosity Concert,” programmed for children and families, will feature classical, pop and movie music associated with the West, including Rossini’s Overture to William Tell,, the “Hoe-Down” from Aaron Copland’s ballet Rodeo, and Johnny  Cash’s “Get Rhythm.” The concert’s plot features the loser of the orchestra’s recent “Best Conductor in the West” contest derailing the concert and taking the orchestra hostage. It will be up to the Sherriff of Musical Harmony to re-establish order in the concert hall.

The sheriff will be present when the Boulder Symphony and conductor Devin Patrick Hughes present “The Good, the Bad and the Music” at  3 p.m. Saturday (March 11) at Grace Commons Church, 1820 15th St. in downtown Boulder.

For 30 minutes before and after the concert, Boulder’s HB Woodsongs will sponsor an “instrument petting zoo” for children to try out instruments. Boulder Symphony’s Curiosity Concerts have sold out in the past, so potential audience members are encouraged to order their tickets soon (see below).

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“The Good, the Bad, the Music”
Boulder Symphony, Devin Patrick Hughes, conductor

  • Program includes:
  • Rossini: Overture to William Tell
  • Copland: “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo
  • Scott Joplin: “Maple Leaf Rag”
  • Johnny Cash: “Get Rhythm”
  • Original song by Devin Patrick Hughes, Dana Vachharajani, Andrew Haller, and Liz Comninellis

3 p.m. Saturday, March 11
Grace Commons Concert Hall, 1820 15th St., Boulder


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