Sunday, September 01, 2019

London Production Of Company Headed To Broadway This Spring

Company_London_Production_Photo_2018_Patti LuPone (Joanne) Company by Brinkhoff Mogenburg_HR.jpgExciting news theatre fans. One of the theatre's most critically acclaimed shows of all time is headed back to Broadway. Company, which first premiered on the Great White Way in 1970, and features an award winning book by George Furth, and music and lyrics by eight-time Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim, is set to begin previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 2, 2020, with opening night scheduled for March 22, which just happens to coincide with Mr. Sondheim's 90th Birthday.

What a way to celebrate huh? Based on the recent award winning London production, this new take on this beloved musical is a little different than previous versions. I take that back. It is a lot different. How you ask? Well for starters, it is now no longer about a confirmed bachelor named Bobby. No, now it is about a confirmed bachelorette named Bobbi. But that's not it theatre fans. Now instead of Bobby being pursued by a trio of lovely ladies named Marta, Kathy, and April, Bobbi, is pursued by a trio of charming men in the form of PJ, Theo and Andy. But wait. I'm still not done. One of the most famous songs in the show is the frantic patter song, "I'm Not Getting Married Today" sung by a neurotic bride-to-be named Amy, on the eve of her wedding to Paul.

Now while Paul is still Paul, Amy is now Jamie. Confused yet? Now while I wasn't sure if this new gender-reversed production would work, I was definitely intrigued. Well obviously it worked, as the show was nominated for nine 2019 Olivier Award nominations, where it won Best Musical Revival of the Year. Oh but wait. There's more. Reprising her Olivier Award winning performance as Joanne is two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone. Not only that, but it was just announced that Tony Award winner Katrina Link (The Band's Visit), will be playing the leading role of Bobbi. Oh and did I mention that the show is being directed by Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse)? It just gets better and better doesn't it? As of now no on sale date has been announced. Be sure to check this website for further updates. Until next time theatre fans.

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