Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A New Company From Sondheim

American musical theater divinity Stephen Sondheim is revising his iconic 1970 musical Company. with the help of director John Tiffany.  The show which swept the Tony awards after it's initial opening went on to win revival Tony's in 1995 and again in 2007.

Many theater writers and show fans have often thought if we followed Bobby's life beyond the place where Mr. Sondheim and book writer George Furth left him his struggles with relationships and women was because he was really struggling with his sexuality we would find that Bobby really was gay.

Mr. Sondheim has decided to follow that path with this re-write - changing the gender of some of the characters and some of the song lyrics and dialogue.  One significant change is the character Joanne who will forever be linked to Elaine Stritch who sings "The Ladies Who Lunch" was played by Tony winner Alan Cummings during recent readings.

The Roundabout Theater Company is considering bringing this new version to the stage in the future

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