UPDATE: This production is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for more information.
Tickets are now on sale for Company at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway.
Following an acclaimed run at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End under the helm of two-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott, this production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s much-loved musical Company transfers to New York City. Read Mark Shenton's five-star review on our London Theatre Guide sister site here.
This new revival, which took home four out of its nine Olivier Award nominations in 2019 (including ‘Best Musical Revival’), made headlines as the first gender-reversed production of Company to have been officially licensed by Stephen Sondheim. The leading male role of Bobby was changed to a leading female role named Bobbie, offering a fresh, new perspective on singledom, love and marriage. A handful of supporting characters were also gender-switched for the revival, including the inclusion of a gay couple by turning the role of Amy into Jamie.
The revival also made waves over the pond due to the fact that Broadway legend and two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone would finally return to a West End musical for the first time since 1993’s Sunset Boulevard, ultimately winning an Olivier Award for her efforts. She reprised the role of Joanne (from the popular 2011 New York Philharmonic Concert) and she now reprises the role one more time for Broadway audiences at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
Joining Ms. LuPone is Katrina Lenk as leading lady Bobbie. Having wowed critics and audiences alike during the 2017 Broadway premiere of Paula Vogel’s Indecent and scooping the Tony Award in 2018 for her stunning performance as Dina in The Band’s Visit, Ms. Lenk is a shooting star of the New York stage and this gift of a monumental, gender-switched role is certainly in safe hands.
Originally premiering on Broadway in 1970, winning six Tony Awards (including ‘Best Musical’), this production of Company marks its fourth Broadway revival and perhaps the Sondheim classic has never felt more modern.
Company is finally back where it belongs… on the Broadway stage! And we’ll definitely drink to that!
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The quintessential musical comedy about the search for love and cocktails in the Big Apple is turned on its head in Elliott’s revelatory staging, in which musical theatre’s most iconic bachelor becomes a bachelorette. At Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, all her friends are wondering why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man? And, why can’t she settle down and have a family? This whip smart musical, given a game-changing makeover for a modern-day Manhattan, features some of Sondheim’s best loved songs, including “Company,” “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Side by Side,” and the iconic “Being Alive.”
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Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Company! Director Marianne Elliott’s Olivier Award-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's beloved musical begins performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre tonight. An official opening is set for Sondheim's 90th Birthday on March 22, 2020.