Company, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, premiered in 1970 and earned a record-setting 14 Tony Award nominations, winning six including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Lyrics. The exuberant score includes showstoppers such as "Ladies Who Lunch," "Getting Married Today," and "Side by Side by Side."
A trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre, Company is structured as a series of vignettes surrounding the 35th birthday of protagonist Bobby and was the first musical to explore adult themes and marriage. Sondheim said, "Broadway theater has been for many years supported by upper-middle-class people with upper-middle-class problems. These people really want to escape that world when they go to the theater, and then here we are with Company talking about how we're going to bring it right back in their faces."