The acclaimed revival of “Company” won a Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, and Tonys for its two featured actors, Patti Lupone and Matt Doyle.
Even those couldn’t stop the show from closing. Producers have set July 31st for the final performance. What a shame. This is a production people will be talking about forever.
The show also won Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Bunny Christie). Marianne Elliott also received the Tony for Best Director of a Musical, her third Tony Award, making her the most honored female director in Broadway history. It also received four Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, four Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards, and the GLAAD Media Award.
So what went wrong? COVID took its toll on “Company” several times. It’s been an unforgiving time. Omicron was this show’s; enemy. And then what to do when the lead actors want to leave? Lupone is impossible to replace. It’s not easy getting Big Name actors on Broadway to open shows, let alone replace leads.
Producer Chris Harper said in a statement, “It remains the honor of a lifetime to bring Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s masterpiece to Broadway in Marianne Elliott’s Tony Award-winning reimagined production. It is a testament to the dedication of everyone who works on the production that we have withstood all the challenges that Broadway has faced over the last two years to share this show with our amazing audiences.
“We have six more weeks of performances to celebrate our astonishing cast, orchestra, and crew at the Jacobs Theatre and we are delighted to be planning a touring production to bring Company to audiences across North America soon.”