Patti LuPone in the London revival of Company. (Photo: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg)
Crossing the pond on the heels of its Olivier Award-winning, sensational hit run in London’s West End, the visionary new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s landmark American musical, Company, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott, will open on Broadway this spring.
The production will star Tony and Grammy Award winner Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit, Indecent, ) as Bobbie, while two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone (War Paint, Gypsy) will reprise her unforgettable, Olivier Award-winning turn as Joanne.
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 theater’s most iconic bachelor becomes a bachelorette. At Bobbie’s (Lenk) 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.”
Company will begin performances on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Monday, March 2 with an official opening night set for Sunday, March 22 (Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday).
Ready for a Company flashback? Here are five of our favorite performances:
The opening number from the 2006 Broadway revival, starring Raúl Esparza.
Dean Jones recording “Being Alive” for the original cast album.
Patti LuPone sings “Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch” in the 2011 staged concert version at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall.
Gavin Lee, Ethan Slater, and Wesley Taylor perform “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” from MCC Theater’s MisCast Gala.
Lea Salonga sings “Another Hundred People” at a benefit for Diverse City Theater Company at Carnegie Hall.