Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Broadway: “Company” Is Coming Sooner Than Expected, Patti Lupone and Pals Start Performances November 15th


Now I know where I’ll be on November 15th.

The Broadway revival of “Company” starring Patti Lupone and Katrina Lenk has moved up its previews and premiere. They’ll start on the 15th and open on December 9th.

They moved the whole thing up by a month because, why not? Broadway is ready. Bruce Springsteen is having a ball, and we’ve been waiting to see this production for 2 years. Stephen Sondheim isn’t getting any younger!

“Company” was in sell-out preview performances when on Thursday, March 12, 2020, the COVID-19 crisis forced the shutdown of all Broadway theaters.

This is the fourth time the Sondheim musical has revived. The original production, which launched a lot of show biz careers, was memorialized in DA Pennebaker’s famed documentary called “Company!” The recording of the score album, which takes place over a few days. shows the cast struggling to get it right. Elaine Stritch’s performance of “Ladies Who Lunch” goes down in history and makes her a star. Rent it or stream it if you can. Then watch John Mulaney and Seth Meyers’ parody of it on “Documentary Now.”

The cast of this “Company” is pretty great, by the way. It includes Matt Doyle as Jamie, three-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as David,  two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber as Harry, Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as Sarah, Terence Archie as Larry, Grammy Award winner Etai Benson as Paul, Nikki Renée Daniels as Jenny, Claybourne Elder as Andy, Greg Hildreth as Peter, Rashidra Scott as Susan, and Bobby Conte Thornton as P.J.

Marianne Elliot directs, since it’s her West End London version everyone raves about. Then count the days until the Tony Awards.

Roger Friedman
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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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