Opened: December 9, 2021
Book by: George Furth
Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Broadway Revival Cast: Katrina Lenk, Patti LuPone, Matt Doyle, Christopher Fitzgerald, Christopher Sieber, Jennifer Simard, Terence Archie, Etai Benson, Bobby Conte, Nikki Renée Daniels, Claybourne Elder, Greg Hildreth, Manu Narayan, Rashidra Scott, Kathryn Allison, Britney Coleman, Jacob Dickey, Javier Ignacio, Anisha Nagarajan, Nicholas Rodriguez, Heath Saunders, Tally Sessions & Matt Wall
The one thing we’ve been missing since the beginning of COVID is company – both in the literal sense of the word and the show. The new gender-bent revival finally opens after shutting down in previews in March 2020.
On her 35th birthday, Bobbie (Katrina Lenk) is surprised by her married friends who continually urge her to find a man.
This sadly became the perfect tribute to composer Stephen Sondheim, who died just ten performances into its restart, showing how his work transcends limitations and can be reinvented for new generations.
The set design, lighting and staging are perfectly done and make the vignettes flow fantastically with moving set pieces. But the cast is what makes the show perfect. Patti LuPone shines as Joanne while Matt Doyle’s Jamie is a once-in-a-lifetime performance.
Final say: Run, don’t walk. ★★★★★