A Sondheim-blessed, Tony Award-winning, gender-swapped revival of “Company” will wrap its run on Broadway on July 31.
The production, directed by Marianne Elliott, has been noted for the way it inverts the 1970 original. The groundbreaking musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth, has always been about a single person meeting 35 years old surrounded by matched friends, but in the current production that character is a woman named Bobbie, while in previous productions it was a man named Bobby.
The show was the winningest musical at this month’s Tony Awards, picking up awards for Best Musical Revival, Best Director (Elliott), Best Featured Actress (Patti LuPone), Best Featured Actor (Matt Doyle) and Best Scenic Design ( BunnyChristie). But its sales have been decent rather than outstanding, and lead producer Chris Harper said he had decided now was the time to wrap up.
“Listen: It’s no secret to you or anyone else: It’s tough, and summer was going to be tough and September even tougher,” Harper said in an interview. “I wanted to celebrate the last six weeks and go out on a high.”
Harper said it was too early to say whether the revival, which was capitalized at up to $13 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, would recoup its costs. The program, like many others, received $10 million in federal assistance from the Small Business Administration during the pandemic. He grossed $640,297 during the week ending June 12, playing to houses that were 74 percent full.
Harper said the show is planning a North American tour to begin in the fall of 2023.
“It’s been glorious and I’m completely proud of the production,” he said. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do a Sondheim in a radical new way, and to have him so proud of him was incredible. So this is sad, but it’s also a time to celebrate what he has achieved.”
The revival, starring Katrina Lenk, began previews on March 2, 2020 and then, 10 days later, was forced to close, along with the rest of Broadway, due to the coronavirus pandemic. It resumed previews on November 15, 2021, and Sondheim attended that performance; he died 11 days later, at the age of 91; in a final interview, he expressed boundless enthusiasm for the production.
The revival finally opened on December 9, 2021; at the time of its closure it will have performed 300 performances.
The production, conceived by Elliott, began its journey in London, where it won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. LuPone, a beloved Broadway figure who plays an older friend of Bobbie’s who is addled by alcohol, also appeared in the London production, and her rendition of the classic song “The Ladies Who Lunch” on both sides of the Atlantic was a hit. highlight moment. Doyle, who joined the cast in New York, plays a nervous groom on his wedding day and sings another well-known Sondheim song, “Getting Married Today”; in the original, that song was sung by the bride-to-be in a heterosexual couple, but in this revival the couple is of the same sex.