Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone will star in a gender-swapped “Company” as it transfers to Broadway this spring.
In the revival of the Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical, directed by Marianne Elliott, Lenk will star as Bobbie, a role that has been traditionally male, and LuPone will reprise her West End role as Joanne. The musical will open at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 22, 2020, the day of Sondheim’s 90th birthday.
The musical transfers to Broadway after an award-winning run last year at the Gielgud Theatre in London, in which Rosalie Craig starred as Bobbie. In addition to having a woman play the lead (now a commitment-phobic bachelorette, rather than bachelor), the production also includes a gay couple featured in “Not Getting Married” and a trio of boyfriends, rather than girlfriends, surrounding Bobbie.
Lenk returns to Broadway after starring in “The Band’s Visit” in 2018, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. LuPone, a giant of the stage with starring roles in “Evita” and “Gyspy,” among others, most recently appeared on Broadway in the 2017 musical “War Paint.”
Elliott, who will also produce the revival, previously directed the 2018 revival of “Angels in America” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and “War Horse.”
The creative team includes choreographer Liam Steel, set and costume designer Bunny Christie and orchestrator David Cullen.
After opening on Broadway in April 1970, the show has seen two previous revivals.