Sondheim's Flop Era? "Company" Closing After Only Three Broadway Revivals
by Caitlin Bitzegaio. @caitorade.
NEW YORK, NY - Stephen Sonheim’s Company is closing after only three Broadway revivals of its original 1971 production - which won the Tony for Best Musical and ran for 705 performances. The news has caused many to wonder if this is the beginning of the flop era for Lifetime Achievement Tony Winner Stephen Sondheim.
“We still really believe in Stephen and the show,” said producer Harley Jenkins while she began planning to peddle the show to other unassuming cities in a National Tour. “We really think the show’s closing is not indicative of any downward trend for Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and Kennedy Center Honoree Stephen Sondheim. We still value Stephen’s vision and what he brought to this special show.”
The "swing and a miss" 2021Company revival was the winner of the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical for Marianne Elliot, and acting Tonys for Patti LuPone and Matt Doyle, along with Drama Desk Awards in only all the same categories.
Remaining Sondheim fans will have to focus their interest on his only currently running Broadway show, Into The Woods, which begins its run on June 28 after a plucky sold-out run at New York Encores! that local paper The New York Times called “glorious.”