Company Original cast album

Talent Associates, Norton Simon Inc, Castle Drive Productions

DVD - 2021

D. A. Pennebaker's up-close view of the recording of the original cast album for Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking concept musical Company is the holy grail for both documentary and theater aficionados, a rare glimpse behind the Broadway curtain.

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Criterion collection ; 1090.
Documentary films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[Irvington, New York] : The Criterion Collection [2021]
DVD special edition ; DVD edition ; Full screen
Item Description
Originally released as a documentary film in 1970.
Special features: New audio commentary by composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim; audio commentary featuring director D.A. Pennebaker, actor Elaine Stritch, and Broadway producer and director, Harold Prince (2001); new conversation among Sondheim, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, and critic and television producer Frank Rich; new interview with Tunick on the art of orchestrating, conducted by author Ted Chapin; never-before-heard audio excerpts from interviews with Stritch and Prince, conducted by D.A. Pennebaker and Hegedus (2001); Original cast album : Co-Op (2019 episode of the TV series Documentary now! that parodies the film); reunion of the cast and crew of Original cast album : Co-Op (2020).
Physical Description
1 videodisc (53 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD; NTSC; region 1; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby monaural.
Production Credits
Musical numbers staged by Michael Bennett ; book by George Furth ; music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim ; production director, Harold Prince ; cinematographers, Jim Desmond, Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker.
Corporate Authors
Talent Associates (production company), Norton Simon Inc, Castle Drive Productions
Other Authors
D. A. Pennebaker (film director), Chester Feldman (film producer), Judy Crichton (performer), Dean Jones, 1931-2015 (conductor), Elaine Stritch (-), Barbara Barrie, George Coe, John Cunningham, 1932-, Teri Ralston, Charles Kimbrough, Donna McKechnie, Charles Braswell, 1924-1974, Susan Browning, Steve Elmore, Beth Howland, 1941-2015, Pamela Myers, Merle Louise, Hal Hastings, 1916-1973, Stephen Sondheim
  • Company
  • You could drive a person crazy
  • Getting married today
  • Another hundred people
  • The little things you do together
  • Being alive
  • Side by side
  • Barcelona
  • The ladies who lunch.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

This legendary, long-unavailable documentary from Direct Cinema pioneer D. A. Pennebaker captures the behind-the-scenes drama that went into the making of a classic Broadway recording. When Stephen Sondheim's groundbreaking concept musical "Company" opened on Broadway in 1970, it was an immediate triumph. Shortly thereafter, the actors, musicians, and Sondheim assembled to record the original cast album in a grueling, nearly nineteen-hour session that tested the talents of all involved--including Elaine Stritch, who pushed herself to the limit to record what would become her iconic version of "The Ladies Who Lunch." With raw immediacy, Pennebaker and his crew document the explosive energy and creative intensity that go into capturing the lightning-in-a-bottle magic of live performance.