Marianne Elliott’s gender-swap version of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company returns on Broadway on December 9 at The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre resumes preview. It took some time, but Bobby’s birthday party started again.
Company returns on Broadway
The show had nine performances in March 2020 before it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The work will now officially open on December 9. It was originally scheduled to open on March 22 last year, which is the 90th birthday of the composer Sondheim. This work came to New York after performing in the West End of London. It also includes the choreography of Liam Steel, the set and costume of Bunny Christie, the lighting of Neil Austin, the sound design of Ian Dickinson of Autograph, and the magic of Chris Fisher.
Joel Fram is in charge of music supervisor and director. David Cullen is in charge of orchestral music, and Sam Davis is in charge of choreography. The actor is Cindy Tolan.
Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone star as Bobbie and Joanne, respectively. They are joined by fellow returning cast members Matt Doyle as Jamie, Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as David, Tony nominee Christopher Sieber as Harry, Tony nominee Jennifer Simard as Sarah, Terence Archie as Larry, Etai Benson as Paul, Nikki Renée Daniels as Jenny, Claybourne Elder as Andy, Greg Hildreth as Peter, Rashidra Scott as Susan, and Bobby Conte as P.J. Manu Narayan joins the cast for its return, replacing Kyle Dean Massey as Theo.
Further cast members include Kathryn Allison, Britney Coleman, Jacob Dickey, Javier Ignacio, Anisha Nagarajan, Nicholas Rodriguez, Heath Saunders, Tally Sessions, and Matt Wall.
The gender-swapped Company
A few years ago, composer Stephen Sondheim invited director Marianne Elliott to dinner. At that dinner, Eliot proposed to Sondheim her thoughts on his musical “The Company”. What if Bobby, who is usually played by men, is played by women? “I don’t think he really thinks this is a good idea,” commented Eliot, the three-time Tony Award winner.
“So I said to him, ‘well, why don’t you let me make a workshop?” After Sondheim saw it, he called Elliott and blessed her. Elliott’s reimagined Company operated in the West End in 2018 and was widely acclaimed. It won the Olivier Best Revival Award. The show will now be staged on Broadway. With previews starting on November 15th and opening night on December 9th.
Company follows a bachelor named Bobby. He is surrounded by married friends who are urging him to get married. Robert is now a single girl named Bobby, played by Tony Award winner Katrina Lenk in Elliott’s version.
Credits: Playbill.com; broadwaydirect. com
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