Lights of Broadway: Company




Company

Synopsis: In a series of vignettes, New York single Bobbie learns about the perils and pleasures of love, marriage, dating and divorce from her married friends.


Review:

The biggest winner at the Tony’s this year was Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” Taking home 5 of the awards this year, notably, Patti Lupone obtaining her 3rd Tony award, this recent adaptation and West End transfer showcased a few of the roles gender-swapped along with the work revamped to modernize the work. Company is a story about perpetually single Bobbie (portrayed by Katrina Lenk) on the night of her 35th birthday. The show opens with Bobbie coming home with her birthday balloon and a bottle of Maker’s Mark to celebrate her birthday alone, only to receive a voicemail from her friend Jamie (portrayed by Tony Award-winning Matt Doyle) accidentally spilling the beans on the surprise party that Bobbie’s friends have orchestrated for her. What takes place throughout a two and a half-hour period is Bobbie reliving poignant moments throughout her adult life interacting with both her married friends and lovers to help Bobbie begin to understand the difference between somebody, not somebody. Through the use of a constantly moving set, the entire show takes place inside Bobbie’s mind as she moves from room to room in her quest to find this answer.


Katrina Lenk as the gender-swapped lead, Bobbie, the commitment-fearing, serial dater provided a well-executed performance that left the viewer emotionally invested in her mental journey, culminating in the final number of the show “Being Alive” which left the audience awestruck at the journey we all collectively went on. Company is at its core however an ensemble show. Notable ensemble members: are Patti Lupone in her Tony-winning performance of Joanne, Bobbie’s wealthy older friend who delivered the 11 o’clock number “Ladies Who Lunch,” which will go down as one of this reviewer top 10 moments on stage, Matt Doyle in his Tony-winning performance of Jamie, one of the gender-swapped roles that created a new, queer couple for the show to play off of, and Bobby Conte as PJ, a lover of Bobbie’s who is the quintessential “problematic New Yorker” love interest.


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