Ringwald Presents Sondheim Classic COMPANY

Ringwald Presents Sondheim Classic COMPANYPhone rings, door chimes, in comes Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical Company, which closes out The Ringwald Theatre's 11th season exactly on the theatre's 11th birthday-May 11. Winner of 6 Tony Awards in 1971, Company also happens to celebrate a birthday. Bobby is 35 and single. His friends are married and nosy. Bobby isn't getting any younger. And his friends won't let him forget it. Many of Sondheim's most celebrated songs (The Ladies Who Lunch, Being Alive, Getting Married Today, Another Hundred People) come from this impressionistic concept musical.

Company is told in brief slices-of-life-funny or heartbreaking or both-in no particular order as Bobby visits with friends and romances three unlucky ladies. The Ringwald's thrilling and stylish production is directed by Vince Kelley and stars Ringwald fan favorite Richard Payton in the lead role of Bobby. The cast also features Tony Battle, Kryssy Becker, John DeMerell, Randi Hamilton, Diane Hill, Taylor Johnson, Patrick Kilbourn, Annie Kordas, Alonzo Luzod, Jane MacFarlane, Adrian Rochelle, Carrie Jay Sayer, and Diana Turner. Tickets can be purchased at www.TheRingwald.com or at the theatre, located at 22742 Woodward Avenue in downtown Ferndale.

The Ringwald box office opens 45 minutes before performances and tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card. For more information, please call 248-545-5545. The Ringwald opened their doors eleven years ago on May 11, 2007 with Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy. Quickly, The Ringwald became a mainstay of Detroit's theatre community. Past highlights include: Merrily We Roll Along, Let The Right One In, Life Sucks, The Rocky Horror Show, Heathers The Musical, Hand to God, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Mr. Burns: a post-electric play, Glengarry Glen Ross, Stupid Fucking Bird, Angels in America, Into the Woods, A Streetcar Named Desire, August: Osage County, The Bad Seed, The Book of Liz, and Evil Dead: The Musical. The Ringwald was named 2009, 2012 and 2013 Best Theatrical Troupe by Real Detroit and Best Place to See Local Theatre in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by the readers of Metro Times.

CAST & CREW

Bobby Richard Payton April Annie Kordas Marta Kryssy Becker Kathy Taylor Johnson Amy Randi Hamilton Paul Adrian Rochelle Jenny Diana Turner David John DeMerell Susan Carrie Jay Sayer Peter Patrick Kilbourn Sarah Diane Hill Harry Tony Battle Joann Jane MacFarlane Larry Alonzo Luzod

Director Vince Kelley

Assistant Director Dyan Bailey

Music Director Jeremy St. Martin

Stage Manager Kaitlin Sarnacki

Set Design Casey Hibbert

Lighting Design Xan Pawlik

Sound Design Brandy Joe Plambeck

Photo: Richard Payton is Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's Company playing May 11 through June 11 at Ferndale's The Ringwald Theatre. Photo by Brandy Joe Plambeck.

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