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With Topper Fabregas as director and theater veterans on stage, you’re in good ‘Company’

July 22, 2019 – alike Editorial Team

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” 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 and the sparse, elegant wit of its lyrics, 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. 

Helmed by acclaimed actor and 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?!’”

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 Examiner said it best: “There’s never been a franker, more sophisticated work written for the musical stage.”

“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. 


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