Rashidra Scott, who created the role of Josephine in Broadway's Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, is the final addition to the principal cast of the new, revised production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, which begins previews on Broadway March 2, 2020, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
Directed by two-time Tony winner Marianne Elliott, the musical will officially open on March 22, Sondheim’s 90th birthday.
Scott, who will play the role of Susan, joins the previously announced Tony winner Katrina Lenk as Bobbie, two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone, repeating her Olivier-winning London performance as Joanne, Matt Doyle as Jamie, three-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as David, two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber as Harry, Tony nominee Jennifer Simard as Sarah, Terence Archie as Larry, Grammy winner Etai Benson as Paul, Nikki Renée Daniels as Jenny, Claybourne Elder as Andy, Greg Hildreth as Peter, Kyle Dean Massey as Theo, and Bobby Conte Thornton as P.J. Ensemble members will be announced shortly.
Elliott collaborated with composer Sondheim to reimagine certain characters as the opposite gender. Bobby’s trio of girlfriends (Marta, Kathy, and April) are now boyfriends PJ, Theo, and Andy; the soon-to-be married (or not) Amy and Paul are now Jamie and Paul. In addition to gender swaps, the production introduces several updates to the lyrics and Furth’s book to bring the story into present day.
The musical was last revived on Broadway in 2006 in another re-imagined production, with John Doyle directing a cast of actor-musicians. Doyle and star Raúl Esparza earned Tony nominations, with the production winning Best Revival of a Musical.
The classic score includes “Company,” “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Side by Side,” and “Being Alive.”
The production will also have choreography by Liam Steel, musical supervision by Joel Fram, set and costume design by Bunny Christie, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Ian Dickinson, orchestrations by David Cullen, dance arrangements by Sam Davis, illusions by Chris Fisher, hair, wig, and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates, and casting by Cindy Tolan.
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