Tony-winning Stephen Sondheim musical follows a 35-year-old man reluctant to settle down, despite the advice given by his married friends
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Although Robert has many friends, he’s the only one of the gang who’s not married. So during various gatherings, including his 35th birthday party and several trips to a nightclub, the five couples take turns encouraging him to settle down, even as they all struggle with the complications of a lifelong commitment to a single person. Making things even more complicated are Robert’s three girlfriends, each of whom bring different characteristics to the relationship that Robert can’t seem to find in just one woman.
Stephen Sondheim’s production broke new ground in several ways when it premiered back in 1970—it tackled adult subject matter rarely seen in the world of Broadway musicals, and it forwent a linear narrative in favor of vignettes that revolved around a single character. This unconventional approach paid off: the musical went on to win six Tony Awards and helped cement several songs in the Broadway canon, including “Getting Married Today,” “Being Alive,” and “The Ladies Who Lunch.”
About Union County Performing Arts Center at Rahway
As a living landmark to the performing arts and cornerstone of the Rahway Arts District, the Union County Performing Arts Center has endured history and earned its way onto the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Recently restored to its 1928 luster, the former Rahway Theatre retains the charm and grandeur of its vaudeville theater origins while encouraging new forms of entertainment. From its 1,300 seats––where crowds once gathered to watch RKO movies and WWII newsreels––audiences can marvel at the theater’s opulent, gold-crested ceilings and ponder how many dresses can be made from its rich red drapes. One of the theater’s proudest treasures is its original Wurlitzer organ, which is small in stature, but emits massive sound out of its 500 pipes.