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Broadway: Sondheim’s “Company” Revival, The One Show Everyone Wanted to See, Will Finally Open on January 9th

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The one Broadway show everyone wanted to see, the latest revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” will finally open January 9th after an almost two year wait.

“Company” was going into previews when the pandemic started. And then it was stopped cold in its tracks.

Patti Lupone stars with the great Katrina Lenk, each Tony Award winners played parts usually portrayed by male actors. The show, directed by Marianne Elliot, was a huge hit in London.

Previews begin December 20th. The whole thing will sell out before I finished typing this sentence.

The musical comedy masterpiece 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 (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 comedy, 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.”

This is the fourth time “Company” has been revived, its fifth production overall. The original production launched a landmark documentary made by DA Pennebaker, still the template for great films about Broadway shows. The original cast was featured making the album for the show, with Elaine Stritch giving one of the all time musical performances on film. You can buy that now on DVD over on amazon while waiting for this production. It’s worth it.

 

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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