Original Cast Album: “Company”

Original Cast Album: “Company”

Directed by D. A. Pennebaker • 1970 • United States
Starring Stephen Sondheim, Elaine Stritch, Donna McKechnie

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.

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Original Cast Album: “Company”
  • Original Cast Album: “Company”

    Directed by D. A. Pennebaker • 1970 • United States
    Starring Stephen Sondheim, Elaine Stritch, Donna McKechnie

    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. ...

Extras

  • ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM: “COMPANY” Commentary

    This commentary, recorded in 2001, features director D. A. Pennebaker; Harold Prince, producer of the original Broadway production; and actor Elaine Stritch.

  • “Documentary Now!” Conversation

    In this conversation recorded in 2020, cast and crew members of the “Documentary Now!” episode “Original Cast Album: Co-Op” discuss the D. A. Pennebaker documentary that inspired them.