Review Round Up: Company, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

We round up the reviews for the Broadway run of Marianne Elliott’s acclaimed production of the Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical.

(c)Matthew Murphy.

Variety: “t’s silly and sophisticated, intimate and in-tune with the currents of modern life, brilliantly conceived and funny as hell. “Company” is the best of what Broadway has to offer adult theatergoers: a playful slap, an honest tickle and one of the 20th century’s greatest musicals gorgeously realized — and refined — to reflect the moment.”

The New York Times: “Bobby is now Bobbie in this confusing, sour remake of the 1970 musical by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth.”

Deadline: “If there’s a better, more vital way to honor the late, incomparable Stephen Sondheim than Marianne Elliott’s superb production of Company, Broadway hasn’t invented it. This gorgeous revival of the Sondheim-George Furth masterwork at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, is, from across-the-board excellent performances and thoughtful revisions to the visual delight of a lovely and ingeniously clever set design, a gift both to and from the genius we lost last month.”

The Washington Post: “The highs are so high in director Marianne Elliott’s gender-reversed “Company” that a Sondheim freak like me can live with aspects that don’t quite hit those lofty heights. We’ll get to those, but first, let’s dwell for a spell on the joys of a Broadway revival that had its official opening Thursday at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre — pleasures that make this production a moving, and deeply funny, living memorial to the late Stephen Sondheim.”

Time Out: ***** “Marianne Elliott’s production pulls these complex elements together with dazzling success. When it comes to favorite Sondheim shows, I have never been a Company man; though I love the original cast recording, the show’s approach to dating has tended to strike me as dated. But this production has brought me around. In fact—setting Gypsy and West Side Story aside, since Sondheim only wrote their lyrics—I will say this: I think Elliott’s Company is the most satisfying Broadway revival of a Sondheim show in history.”

Broadway “This is not a run-of-the-mill revival, or merely a superb Sondheim production, of which there have been many in the past couple of decades. It infuses new life into a classic show with such intelligence, wit and care that it could, and should, become a template for future productions. Remarkably, we now have two different and equally viable versions of this landmark musical.”

NY Post: “How bittersweet. It’s a testament to Sondheim’s legacy and talent that his musical written in 1970 is fresh, poignant and entertaining as ever.”

The Wrap: “Director Marianne Elliott puts the fun and the sex back into Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” “

Hollywood Reporter: “The production is so vibrant, so alive and stimulating, reconceived with such cleverness and humor, that even a conspicuously miscast lead doesn’t cancel out its pleasures.”

New York Stage Review: ***** “Some people may see the neon-edged cubicles by Elliott’s frequent collaborator Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimePeople, Places and Things) as limiting, but they’re supremely effective in conveying how we compartmentalize our lives—not to mention the impossibly small size of so many NYC apartments.”

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