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#1 musicalmadness

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 09:59 PM

There will be a reading in America this Friday (for a private audience - rehearsals have been happening this week) of a 'major' Revised Version of Stephen Sondheim's 1970 musical 'Company' that the Roundabout Theatre Company are looking at fully staging. Sondheim is working in collaboration with John Tiffany (director of 'Once') and has apparently been rewriting some lyrics and dialogue but "as little as possible".

The biggest changes include Bobby now being a "gay man with commitment issues and multiple boyfriends" - an idea by Tiffany - and the character of Joanne becoming male, who will be played by Alan Cumming in Friday's reading. Bobby will be played by the UK's very own Daniel Evans!

Thoughts?!

You can read the full article here: http://artsbeat.blog...&seid=auto&_r=0

(Yes, I know the 'C' of 'Company' should be a capital - I believe this is board glitch which takes the ' as a first letter and de-capitalizes whatever follows it!)
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Posted 16 October 2013 - 09:39 AM

This sounds very interesting.
One of my favourite Sondheim shows.
About time it was done again in the UK as a major production.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 09:46 AM

This does sound very interesting. I've loved Company from an early age, and whenever I see a new production it seems to say something new to me depending on my age and relationship status.

Last time I saw the Southwark Playhouse production I was engaged, now I'm in a civil partnership it would be fantastic to see this revised version! Fingers crossed it goes well and finds its way to the UK.
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Posted 16 October 2013 - 09:54 AM

Apparently the reading also involves Andrew Rannells, Michael Urie, and the adorable Bobby Steggert as the trio of boyfriends.

The five married couples are male/female but with women playing the male roles including Celia Keenan-Bolger.

I'm fascinated at the prospect of a re-conceived alternate version from Sondheim. And with that director.. If even a handful of the workshop cast made it to full production I would be on a plane asap.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:01 AM

Very interesting indeed! Company includes some of my favourite Sondheim compositions it's exciting to hear that it's being re-imagined like this!
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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:23 AM

View Postmusicalmadness, on 15 October 2013 - 09:59 PM, said:

(Yes, I know the 'C' of 'Company' should be a capital - I believe this is board glitch which takes the ' as a first letter and de-capitalizes whatever follows it!)

Correct. It is bizarre and infuriating. My own personal hate is Rsc in the title because it won't accept capitals throughout.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:42 AM

Hmmm. Really not sure how I feel about this. I'm all for 'relaunching' or reviving any musical to make it fresh and opening and appealing to an new audience and at times changes made but still, I dunno.

Maybe bause I never saw Bobby as being gay. A bit of a womaniser and a commitment phobe, yes; but not gay.
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#8 wickedgrin

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:45 AM

Yes, this sounds very interesting. Company is one of my favourite Sondheim shows. Although he has always said that Bobby is not gay in show - I have always felt there was an undercurrent in it. Probably a fantasy depending on who was playing Bobby - the last time I saw the show was with the gorgeous Adrian Lester - say no more! But the nature of the relationships in it has always spoken to me at various points in my life.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:54 PM

I think juxtaposing the inability for a gay man to commit to a monogamous relationship at a time when same sex marriage is available is an interesting one to examine.

Especially when coming from the generation that Sondheim represents.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:24 PM

I should hope they'll include the less offensive revision to the second line of "I could understand a person / if it's not a person's bag"...!
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