Exciting 'Company' Tour: Sondheim's Legacy Lives On

Exciting 'Company' Tour: Sondheim's Legacy Lives On

The buzz is building as we unveil the complete cast for the upcoming national tour of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's timeless musical, "Company." This musical journey, slated to kick off on October 8 in Schenectady, New York, is directed by the renowned Marianne Elliott and stars Britney Coleman as the leading lady, Bobbie. Get ready for a fresh take on a classic!

New faces have joined the ensemble, including Judy McLane, Kathryn Allison, Matt Bittner, Ali Louis Bourzgui, Derrick Davis, Javier Ignacio, James Earl Jones II, Marina Kondo, Matt Rodin, Emma Stratton, Jacob Dickey, Tyler Hardwick, and David Socolar. And let's not forget the talents of Matthew Christian, Christopher DeAngelis, Kenneth Quinney Francouer, CJ Greer, Elysia Jordan, Beth Stafford Laird, and Christopher Henry Young. Together, they're poised to breathe new life into this reimagined narrative.

At its heart, "Company" tells the tale of Bobbie, a 35-year-old unmarried woman, who finds herself navigating the dynamic world of her married friends. They're all curious about why Bobbie hasn't settled down yet, and as the story unfolds, you'll be treated to Sondheim's timeless melodies, including classics like "Sorry-Grateful," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Getting Married Today," "Barcelona," and the poignant "Being Alive."

This revival first graced London's West End in 2018 before making its triumphant move to Broadway. But just as it started gaining momentum, the COVID-19 pandemic threw a curveball, resulting in a temporary hiatus. Yet, determination and passion persevered, and on December 9, 2021, the production finally rekindled the magic of live theater in the heart of New York.

The significance of this revival takes on added weight due to the unfortunate passing of Stephen Sondheim on November 26, 2021, during the previews. He had the privilege of witnessing this production before his final bow, and it served as a fitting swan song to his illustrious career. Ultimately, the revival ran for 268 performances and 32 previews, closing its curtains on July 31, 2022.

But the show must go on, and producer Chris Harper, who generously covers the entire company's salaries, couldn't contain his enthusiasm for the tour's upcoming journey. "This exhilarating production of 'Company' was a huge success in the West End and on Broadway," Harper remarked. "I was absolutely thrilled when it won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, and I’m so excited for audiences around the country to share the joy. I know they will have so much fun!"

"Company" indeed made waves during its Broadway run, securing several prestigious Tony Awards in 2022, including Best Revival of a Musical. Patti LuPone earned recognition as Best Featured Actress in a Musical, while Matt Doyle took home the honor of Best Featured Actor in a Musical. The creative team behind the production also received accolades, with Bunny Christie winning for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, and Marianne Elliott securing the Best Director of a Musical award. This marked Elliott's third Tony Award for directing, making her the most-honored female director in Broadway history.

The accolades didn't stop there. The London production garnered three Olivier Awards, including Best Musical Revival, and the Broadway revival added four Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the GLAAD Media Award to its ever-growing list of achievements.

Behind the scenes, an exceptional creative team has been diligently crafting the world of "Company." Choreographer Liam Steel, musical supervisor Joel Fram (who also contributed additional vocal arrangements), set and costume designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Neil Austin, original sound designer Ian Dickinson, and tour sound designer Keith Caggiano have all played pivotal roles in creating a visually and aurally captivating experience. Orchestrator David Cullen, dance arranger Sam Davis, and illusion designer Chris Fisher have lent their expertise, while hair, wig, and makeup designer Campbell Young Associates have ensured that every character comes to life with authenticity.

The responsibility of casting this remarkable ensemble fell to Tara Rubin, ensuring that every member of the company embodies their character with precision and emotion.

As the tour embarks on its journey, Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber take the helm as producers, with AniĆØle Fortin-Perkell from Work Light Productions serving as the executive producer. This production is not just a revival; it's a testament to the enduring legacy of Stephen Sondheim and his ability to touch the hearts of audiences across generations.

The tour is set to dazzle 25 cities across the United States, including Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, New Haven, Boston, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Seattle. Each stop will be an opportunity for theater enthusiasts to experience the magic of "Company" and celebrate the incredible talent that has brought this classic musical to life once more.

In conclusion, the "Company" national tour is not merely a revival but a celebration of Stephen Sondheim's indelible mark on the world of musical theater. With a cast and creative team that have poured their hearts and souls into this production, audiences can anticipate a journey filled with laughter, tears, and a profound appreciation for the enduring power of Sondheim's music and storytelling. So, mark your calendars and prepare to be swept away by the brilliance of "Company" as it graces stages across the country.

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