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What caused Dean Jones to leave the OBC? 
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Post What caused Dean Jones to leave the OBC?
All I've heard is that he had health problems, but can anyone offer something more specific?

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Although Dean Jones was officially released from the show due to hepatitis, a reminiscence in Craig Zadan's Sondheim & Company reveals other reasons for his departure:

Dean Jones wrote:
I liked Company... don't get me wrong. I just felt unsatisfied in the role and I was going through my own divorce at the time. I felt that the show was antimarriage, perhaps because at the time I was antimarriage. Every night after the performance I would be on the phone with the attorneys. I'd gotten soft on the Coast, I guess. I'm not built for a year's run. I can never do that again. I was miserable and obviously I didn't have hepatitis, but Hal was nice enough to let me out.


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and still no one has ever played Bobby better than Jones.

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How's Larry Kert in your opinion?

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Larry is vocaly quite good but lacks the soul that Jones brings to it.

Jones lives "Being Alive" Kert uses it as a showstopper.

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Adrian Lester of the London revival has a quite interesting potrayal of Bobby as well.

Boyd Gaines on the other hand is a waste of time.

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Il ike Gaines better than Lester but neither come close to Jones.

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i really wished they could have recorded Dean Jones singing "happily ever after" the original end song. It's so much better than "being alive."

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Happily Ever after" is a wonderful song..but Prince was correct..its not a good end song for the show.

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Ghost wrote:
Adrian Lester of the London revival has a quite interesting potrayal of Bobby as well.

Boyd Gaines on the other hand is a waste of time.


I have a DVD copy of the 1996 version of Company with Lester in it! He was in my opinion the best Robbie I've ever seen! I think the 1995-1996 London production of Company was way better than the B'way Revival! It did last longer in London!


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alex591 wrote:
Ghost wrote:
Adrian Lester of the London revival has a quite interesting potrayal of Bobby as well.

Boyd Gaines on the other hand is a waste of time.


I have a DVD copy of the 1996 version of Company with Lester in it! He was in my opinion the best Robbie I've ever seen! I think the 1995-1996 London production of Company was way better than the B'way Revival! I did last longer in London!


Vocxally Lester is better than Gaines but character wise?? He is terrible.. come on Bobby doing lines of coke during Side By Side????

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Happily Ever after" is a wonderful song..but Prince was correct..its not a good end song for the show.


Well, I'm not sure I would say that. Don't get me wrong, I like "Being Alive" and I like the fact that the song ends the show. But I think that "Happily Ever After" wouldn't have been a worse/wrong choice, just a very different one that possibly wasn't a part of the vision that Prince had for the show.

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