Marianne Elliott’ multi award-winning COMPANY, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s legendary musical comedy about life, love and marriage transfers to Broadway.
At Bobbie’s (Rosalie Craig) 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man and Why can’t she settle down and have a family? Featuring Stephen Sondheim’s award winning songs Company, You Could Drive a Person Crazy, The Ladies Who Lunch, Side by Side and the iconic Being Alive.
Starring Katrina Lenk and Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne.
First Preview: March 2, 2020
Opening: March 22, 2020
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th Street, New York City
Cast and Creative
Patti Lupone is currently starring on Broadway as cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein in the new Scott Frankel-Michael Korie-Douglas Wright-Michael Grief musical War Paint (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical).
Her recent NY stage appearances include Douglas Carter Beane’s new play Shows For Days, directed by Jerry Zaks at Lincoln Center Theater, her debut with the New York City Ballet as Anna 1 in their new production of The Seven Deadly Sins, Joanne in the New York Philharmonic’s production of Company, David Mamet’s The Anarchist, and Lincoln Center Theater’s production of the musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress in a Musical and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Performance of the Season for her performance as Madame Rose in the most recent Broadway production of Gypsy, her other stage credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Opera in their new production of John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and Weill-Brecht’s Mahagonny (debut), the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera To Hell and Back with San Francisco’s Baroque Philharmonia Orchestra, Mrs. Lovett in John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; Drama League Award for Outstanding Contribution to Musical Theatre), the title role in Marc Blitzstein’s Regina, a musical version of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes at the Kennedy Center, Fosca in a concert version of Passion, which was also broadcast on PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center, a multi-city tour of her theatrical concert Matters of the Heart, the City Center Encores! productions of Can-Can and Pal Joey, the NY Philharmonic’s productions of Candide and Sweeney Todd (NY Phil debut) and performances on Broadway in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood, Terrence McNally’s Master Class and in her own concert Patti LuPone On Broadway.
Since 2000 she’s appeared regularly at the Ravinia Festival. First in its Sondheim series when she starred as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Fosca in Passion, Cora Hooper in Anyone Can Whistle, Madame Rose in Gypsy and in two different roles in Sunday in the Park with George. Her subsequent appearances there include a reprise of her performance in Heggie’s To Hell and Back, a concert performance of Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins and starring in the title role in a concert production of Annie Get Your Gun.
A graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company in which she toured the country for four years, her subsequent New York credits include Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of An Anarchist, David Mamet’s The Water Engine, Edmond and The Woods and Israel Horovitz’ Stage Directions and performances in the musicals Pal Joey for City Center Encores!, Anything Goes (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Cradle Will Rock, Oliver!, Evita (Tony and Drama Desk Awards- Best Actress in a Musical), Working and The Robber Bridegroom. In London, she won the Olivier Award for her performances as Fantine in the original production of Les Miserables and in the Acting Company production of The Cradle Will Rock. She also created the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, and recreated her Broadway performance of Maria Callas in Master Class.
Film: Cliffs of Freedom (upcoming), The Comedian, Union Square, Parker, City by the Sea, David Mamet’s Heist, State and Main; Just Looking, Summer of Sam, The 24 Hour Woman, Family Prayers, Driving Miss Daisy, Witness.
Television: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Penny Dreadful (Critics Choice nomination), Girls, American Horror Story: Coven, Law & Order: SVU, Glee, 30 Rock, PBS Great Performances The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Grammy Award for the broadcast’s recording), Ugly Betty, Will & Grace (as herself), PBS Great Performances’ Candide, Oz , the TNT film Monday Night Mayhem, PBS’ Evening At The Pops with John Williams and Yo Yo Ma, Falcone, Bonanno: A Godfather’s Story (Showtime); Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination); Law & Order, An Evening with Patti LuPone (PBS), the NBC movie Her Last Chance, Showtime’s ACE Award and Emmy nominated The Song Spinner (Daytime Emmy nomination, Best Actress), The Water Engine, L.B.J., AMC’s Remember WENN and ABC’s Life Goes On.
Recordings include: Far Away Places, Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, The Lady with the Torch, and many original cast recordings including, most recently: War Paint, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Gypsy, and Sweeney Todd (both the 2006 Broadway revival cast recording and 2000 live performance recording on NY Philharmonic’s Special Editions Label).
She is the author of the The New York Times bestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir. www.pattilupone.net.
Marianne Elliott is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions alongside her producing partner Chris Harper. Elliott & Harper’s most recent shows include Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Gielgud Theatre and the West End premiere of Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle both directed by Elliott; and the co-production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, directed by Sally Cookson at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Company received 4 Olivier Awards including Best Musical Revival and received 2 Evening Standard Awards including Best Director.
Marianne Elliott was an associate director at the National Theatre for ten years where she most recently directed Angels in America which transferred to Broadway in March 2018 where it won three Tony awards, including Best Revival and an additional eight Tony awards nominations including Best Director.
Elliott’s other productions for the National Theatre include War Horse which she co-directed with Tom Morris (and West End and Broadway transfers; winner of the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play), and she directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (also West End and Broadway; Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Director and Best New Play; South Bank Sky Arts Award). Other plays at the National Theatre include Husbands & Sons(a co-production with the Royal Exchange), Rules for Living, The Light Princess, Port, Season’s Greetings, Women Beware Women, All’s Well That Ends Well, Mrs Affleck, Harper Regan, Saint Joan (Olivier Award for Best Revival, South Bank Show Award), Thérèse Raquin and Pillars of the Community(Evening Standard Best Director Award). She was an associate director at the Royal Court, where her productions include Stoning Mary, Notes on Falling Leaves, The Sugar Syndrome and Local.
Previously she was an artistic director of the Royal Exchange where she directed Port, Design for Living, Les Blancs, As You Like It, A Woman of No Importance, Nude with Violin, Fast Food, Martin Yesterday, Deep Blue Sea, Mad for It, Poor Superman and I Have Been Here Before. Other theatre includes Sweet Bird of Youth at the Old Vic; Much Ado About Nothing for the RSC; and The Little Foxes at the Donmar Warehouse.
Marianne is currently co-directing Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman alongside Miranda Cromwell at the Young Vic, starring Wendell Pierce, Sharon D. Clarke and Arinze Kene.
Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night (1954), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Anyone Can Whistle (1964), Company (1970), A Little Night Music (1973), The Frogs (1974), Pacific Overtures (1976), Sweeney Todd (1979), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sunday in the Park With George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Assassins (1991), Passion (1994) and Road Show (2008), as well as lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973), Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983), Putting it Together (1993/99), Moving On (2001) and Sondheim on Sondheim (2010) are anthologies of his work as composer and lyricist. For films, he composed the scores of Stavisky (1974), co-composed Reds (1981) and wrote songs for Dick Tracy (1990). He also wrote songs for the TV production Evening Primrose (1966), co-authored the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and the play Getting Away With Murder (1996) and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961), Twigs (1971) and The Enclave (1973).
Stephen Sondheim is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, the national association of playwrights, composers and lyricists, having served as its President from 1973 to 1981, in which year he founded Young Playwrights Inc to develop and promote the work of American playwrights aged 18 years and younger. His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat (2010) and Look, I Made A Hat (2011). In 2010 the Broadway theatre formerly known as Henry Miller’s Theatre was renamed in his honour.
George Furth’s collaborations with Stephen Sondheim include the musicals Company and Merrily We Roll Along and the drama Getting Away with Murder.
Furth’s plays include Twigs, The Supporting Cast and Precious Sons. He also wrote the book for the Kander and Ebb musical, The Act.
Liam is a multi-award winning choreographer and director whose work has included creating productions for the National Theatre, The Globe, RSC, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse, The Lyric Hammersmith, Birmingham Rep, Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre, Northampton Theatre Royal, Tamasha Theatre Company (with whom he received a Herald Angel Award for Outstanding Choreographic Achievement), The Royal Court, Headlong Theatre Co, Manchester Royal Exchange, Chichester Festival Theatre, Contact Theatre, Frantic Assembly, and six productions at the Library Theatre, Manchester. He is a core collaborator at Regents Park Open Air Theatre and has worked on ten productions there over ten seasons, including co-directing and choreographing Sondheim’s Into The Woods, which was awarded an Olivier award for Best Musical Revival and was remounted at the Delacorte Theatre in New York’s Central Park.
Opera direction includes Opera Holland Park, a special commission from the Royal Opera House and 6 productions for English Touring Opera, including his acclaimed production of Britten’s Paul Bunyan, which was awarded an Olivier award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.
He has created many award winning contemporary dance commissions, choreographed for Musical Theatre on the West End and Broadway; and in 2016 was granted the honour of creating original choreography for the acclaimed production of West Side Story for the Salzburg Festival.
In the commercial sector his work includes choreographing numerous TV advertising campaigns, including creating the staging for the worldwide 2012 London Olympic campaign for Coca Cola. Film work includes creating all the musical staging and choreography for the film version of the musical Les Misérables – winner of 3 Oscars, 4 BAFTAS and 3 Golden Globes – including Best Motion Picture.
Joel Fram is an international music supervisor, conductor, arranger, and producer who has worked extensively in London’s West End and on Broadway, as well as overseeing numerous productions in Europe, Japan, and Australia.
Broadway conducting credits include Wicked, Scandalous, Sweet Smell of Success, The Music Man, James Joyce’s The Dead, Jumpers, and Cats. West End productions include the London premiere of Wicked (starring Idina Menzel) and Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre. Joel also music directed and conducted the world premiere of two Andrew Lippa musicals, john & jen and The Little Princess. He made his Lincoln Center debut conducting I Am Harvey Milk, featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and starring Kristin Chenoweth.
Arrangement credits include vocal arrangements for the Broadway production of Scandalous and musical arrangements, original music, and digitally sampled remixes for the ballet Pictures from an Exhibition at both the Sadler’s Wells and Young Vic theatres in London, in collaboration with the director Daniel Kramer.
As a producer, in 2002 Joel created the award-winning “New Voices” concert series at New York’s Symphony Space, which premieres over fifty new songs each year and features the work of both up-and-coming theatre writers as well as new songs by established composers. For Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday, he co-produced and curated the 12-hour marathon concert “Wall to Wall Stephen Sondheim” working closely with Sondheim and other major artists, including Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Neil Patrick Harris, Angela Lansbury, Michael Cerveris, and Elaine Stritch. Recently, he has also produced and curated “Wall to Wall Cabaret,” “Frank Sinatra at 100” and “Wall to Wall Stephen Schwartz.”
As a major proponent of new writing for the musical theatre, Joel currently oversees the Musical Theatre Writing Workshop at the National Theatre and is a Creative Producer at the Universal Music UK Theatre Division.
Bunny has worked for the RSC, Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Old Vic, Royal Court, Birmingham Rep, Manchester Royal Exchange, Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh Lyceum, Glasgow Tron, the Royal Albert Hall as well as many fringe venues and site-specific work.
Bunny has a long association with the National Theatre, designing and devising shows in each of its theatre spaces and in the NT Studio. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time began life at the NT and subsequently transferred to the West End, winning seven Olivier Awards including Best Design. It then opened on Broadway, winning her a Tony Award, and is currently on an international tour. She designed People Places and Things at the NT, which transferred to the Wyndham’s Theatre and will open shortly in NY. Other recent work there includes The Red Barn directed by Robert Icke.
Many of her productions have been filmed for NT Live or by the BBC and she was Production Designer on Swansong starring John Gielgud, which was nominated for an Oscar as Best Short Film.
She has won three Olivier Awards, an Evening Standard Award and a Critics’ Circle Award for various shows at the NT.
She designed the all-women Shakespeare Trilogy at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Julius Caesar and Henry IV transferred to NY and the productions were hailed as ‘One of the most important theatrical events of the year.’ The Tempest completed the Trilogy and all three were performed at the Donmar at King’s Cross in a new theatre space and bar which she designed. A film of the production of Julius Caesar premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
Opera work includes: Medea (ENO) and Tosca (Houston Grand Opera). Whilst in Houston she collaborated with André Previn, designing the world premiere of his opera Brief Encounter.
Other work includes: Ink by James Graham at the Almeida and Duke of York’s.
West End includes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace); Ink, No Man’s Land (Duke of York’s); Labour of Love, Photograph 51, Shakespeare in Love and Henry V (Coward) The Goat, Great Britain,(Haymarket); Travesties, A Life in the Theatre (Apollo); Buried Child, The Hothouse and Dealer’s Choice (Trafalgar Studios); The Weir, Hamlet, Madame de Sade and Twelfth Night (Wyndham’s); The Sunshine Boys (Savoy); South Downs, The Browning Version, Death and the Maiden and The Children’s Hour (Comedy/Pinter); Piaf, The Prisoner of Second Avenue (Vaudeville); Frost/Nixon (Gielgud); King Lear, The Seagull (RSC: New London); Bend it Like Beckham (Phoenix); Betty Blue Eyes and Much Ado About Nothing (Novello).
Other Theatre includes: Translations; Three Days in the Country; Rules for Living; Dara; Liolà; Children of the Sun; The Cherry Orchard; Women Beware Women; London Assurance; The White Guard; Oedipus; Philistines; The Man of Mode; Thérèse Raquin (National Theatre); Albion, Ink, The Treatment, Medea (Almeida); Henry IV; Julius Caesar; The Night Alive; Spelling Bee; King Lear; Passion; The Wild Duck; After Miss Julie; Caligula (Donmar Warehouse); Birdland; The Faith Machine; Tusk Tusk (Royal Court); Travesties; Assassins; Dealer’s Choice (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Dazzle (Found 111); King Lear; The Seagull, King John, Much Ado abut Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC)
Broadway includes: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Travesties, Hughie; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Evita; Red; Hamlet; The Seafarer; Frost/Nixon.
Neil was the Recipient of the 2017 Laurence Olivier Award and the 2017 WhatsOnStage Award for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the 2011 Laurence Olivier Award for The White Guard, the 2010 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Red.
Ian’s most recent designs include Fatherland (MIF), Junkyard (Headlong), Common, Angels in America, Husbands & Sons, Evening at the Talk House, The Red Lion, Rules for Living, A Taste of Honey, Emil and the Detectives, Port, This House and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Olivier Award) – all for the NT. Other recent shows: Before I Leave (NTW), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Nether (Duke of York’s), The River (Broadway), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Broadway and UK tour), The Machine (Manchester International Festival), Elegy, Roots and The Weir (Donmar Warehouse), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air), Uncle Vanya and Before the Party (Almeida), Hangmen and The River (Royal Court). Ian has been with the Autograph design team since 2009, and before that was Head of Sound at the Royal Court, where he designed the sound for over 50 productions.
David Cullen studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music in the 1960s with Richard Rodney Bennett. Subsequently he has worked as a keyboard player, composer, record producer and arranger. He is best known as the orchestrator of musicals in London and New York, particularly those of Andrew Lloyd Webber – Cats, Starlight Express, Song and Dance, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, By Jeeves, Whistle Down the Wind, Beautiful Game, The Phantom of the Opera, The Woman in White and Love Never Dies. New York Drama Desk award for the orchestrations of Phantom of the Opera, nominated again for Aspects of Love, nominated for a Tony for re-orchestrations of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Other musicals he has orchestrated include Abbacadabra, Children of Eden, Shogun the Musical, Stepping Out, Edna – the Spectacle, Schikaneder and four London revivals – Can-can, The Baker’s Wife, Carmen Jones, Parade as well as The Wizard of Oz. He has composed music for several UK television series including Relative Strangers, Surgical Spirit and The Bretts. He provided orchestrations for the Disney productions of Geppetto and Cinderella and the movies of The Phantom of the Opera and Cats.
Broadway credits as arranger, orchestrator, and/or conductor include An American in Paris, Prince of Broadway, Holiday Inn, Gigi, Side Show, Drood, Big Fish, Scandalous, and Curtains. Film and television credits include Beauty and the Beast (2017), Hail, Caesar!, “A Christmas Story Live,” and “Good Behavior.” As composer: Bunnicula, Red Eye of Love, Love and Real Estate (all off-Broadway), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park.) Other theater work includes arranger/orchestrator for Susan Stroman’s The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theater), Little Dancer and The Trumpet of the Swan (the Kennedy Center), and music supervisor for the 2009 national tour of Dreamgirls. Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award.
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Chris Fisher has worked as a magician and illusionist in a variety of different circles as a close-up and stage magician and is a member of The Magic Circle.
Theatre credits as Illusion Consultant include: Julie (National Theatre); Angels in America (National Theatre & Broadway); Macbeth (RSC, Swan Theatre); Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Hypocrite (Hull Truck Theatre/RSC, Swan Theatre); Big The Musical (Plymouth Theatre Royal/Dublin Bord Gáis Theatre); No Man’s Land (Wyndham’s); The Alchemist (RSC, Swan Theatre); Into the Woods (Royal Exchange); Here We Go, Treasure Island (NT); Xanadu (Southwark Playhouse); The Skriker (Royal Exchange); Frøken Julie (Aarhus Theatre, Denmark).
As Illusions Associate: Harry Potter & The Cursed Child (Palace Theatre, London & Broadway); Pinocchio (National Theatre); and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).