Broadway Review: Company

COMPANY

Official Blurb: Tony Award® and Grammy Award® winner Katrina Lenk and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award winner Patti LuPone join forces in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s groundbreaking musical comedy. It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family? As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in 21st-Century New York could drive a person crazy. Two-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Angels in America) helms this revelatory new production, at once boldly sophisticated, deeply insightful, and downright hilarious. COMPANY features Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning songs You Could Drive a Person Crazy, The Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side by Side and the iconic Being Alive. Let’s all drink to that.

My Take: I had never seen Company live. A travesty I know and one that I was very happy to remedy this holiday. I loved the show and had a great time with one caveat – I just couldn’t get into Katrina Lenk as Bobbie. I did not connect and her voice was just not doing it for me. I think its a personal preference. Although I didn’t love Band Visit, I thought she was an acting highlight, but not in this show, by the end of the show, I kind of wished Patti would have taken over singing Being Alive which is my favorite Sondheim song. However the show is so good and the rest of the cast is so spectacular that this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the piece, which is a great achievement. Patti was absolutely brilliant, of course, and seeing her onstage is worth the price of admission. Her ladies to lunch was spectacular. I also really enjoyed Matt Doyle as Jamie, his take on Getting Married today was so good. Also the staging I loved, the light boxes were expertly handled and gave it a modern take that i really enjoyed. One note, my lack of enjoyment of Bobbie was not because of the gender change, I actually think that switch part is super creative and works really well.

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