In Good COMPANY for 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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After the runaway success of last year’s “cheerfully deranged” (The Manila Bulletin) MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, Upstart returns with a brand new production of COMPANY, the well-loved Broadway classic that is currently making a splash in London’s West End. A “landmark musical” (Time Magazine) about love, marriage, friendship, and loneliness, COMPANY is one of theater legend Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved works, along with shows like INTO THE WOODS, WEST SIDE STORY, and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. With its “unforgettable score” (The Bos-ton Globe) and the “sparse, elegant wit” of its lyrics (The New York Time), every major production of COMPANY in Broadway and the West End has earned accolades— including multiple Tony and Olivier Awards— since the show’s debut in 1970.

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Helmed by acclaimed actor/director Topper Fabregas (Gawad Buhay Best Director 2016, “Tribes”), Upstart’s version of COMPANY will feature theater veterans like Ojay Mariano (“Ang Huling El Bimbo”), Cathy Azanza-Dy (“Silent Sky”), Ariel Reonal (“Miss Saigon”), and Caisa Borromeo (“Silent Sky”), along with a host of hot up-and-comers from the theater and entertainment scene. Fabregas was very particular about finding new, unexplored performers, and held open auditions for all the parts. He was not disappointed at the results: “We were blown away,” he enthuses. Producer Joel Trinidad, who is also part of the cast, concurs: “We said to so many people, ‘Why have we never seen you on stage before?!’”

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Offstage, Fabregas has assembled an impressive team to help him realize his unique vision for the show: Handling the music is TOYM Awardee and former Hong Kong Disneyland Musical Director Rony Fortich; handling the Production Design is New York-based Joey Mendoza, freelance set designer and faculty member at Fordham University Theater Program at Lincoln Center.

What can audiences expect from COMPANY? The San Francisco Exam-iner said it best: “There’s never been a franker, more sophisticated work written for the musical stage.”

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COMPANY runs on all Fridays (9:00 pm), Saturdays (3:00 and 8:00 pm), and Sundays (3:00 and 8:00 pm) between September 13 and September 22 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig. COMPANY is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 423 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019. Tel.: (212) 541-4684 Fax: (212) 397-4684 www.MTIShows.com

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