Tony-nominated actress Jennifer Simard received her spot on the famed wall of caricatures at Sardi's Restaurant June 10. Simard is currently Tony-nominated for her role in Company and previously received a nomination for her work in Disaster!
The new revival of Company officially opened on Broadway December 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical, directed by Marianne Elliott, swaps the genders of several key characters, including the show’s protagonist Bobby (now, Bobbie). Tony winner Katrina Lenk takes on the central role of the bachelorette, who, as she turns 35, is navigating love and life in New York City among all her (married) friends. Patti LuPone plays the “Ladies Who Lunch”-singing Joanne, having earned an Olivier Award for the production’s initial bow in the West End.
The cast also includes Matt Doyle as Jamie, Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as David, Tony nominee Christopher Sieber as Harry, Tony nominee Simard as Sarah, Terence Archie as Larry, Etai Benson as Paul, Nikki Renée Daniels as Jenny, Claybourne Elder as Andy, Greg Hildreth as Peter, Rashidra Scott as Susan, Bobby Conte as P.J., and Manu Narayan as Theo Rounding out the company are Kathryn Allison, Britney Coleman, Jacob Dickey, Javier Ignacio, Anisha Nagarajan, Nicholas Rodriguez, Heath Saunders, Tally Sessions, and Matt Wall.
The production features choreography by Liam Steel, sets and costumes by Bunny Christie, lighting by Neil Austin, sound design by Ian Dickinson of Autograph, and illusions by Chris Fisher. Joel Fram serves as music supervisor and director, with orchestrations by David Cullen and dance arrangements by Sam Davis. Casting is by Cindy Tolan.
Company first debuted on Broadway in 1970, earning 14 Tony Award nominations and winning six, including Best Musical. It was last revived on the Main Stem 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.