Gender-bending Sondheim revival is coming to Broadway

Gender-bending Sondheim revival is coming to Broadway

The women who lunch are reserving a desk in New York.

The gender-bending revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Firm,” which received rave critiques in London, will open on Broadway subsequent fall, a number of theater sources informed The Put up.

Directed by Marianne Elliott, the whiz behind the Tony-winning “Warfare Horse,” “The Curious Incident of the Canine within the Evening-Time” and final season’s revival of “Angels in America,” “Firm” simply prolonged its run in London till March. Until you’ve received connections, tickets are unattainable to come by.

The twist right here is that Bobby, the bachelor on the heart of the present, is now Bobbie, a bachelorette, brilliantly performed by Rosalie Craig. Though celebrated in London, she’s but to make her Broadway debut. However she’s going to subsequent fall, in “Firm,” main a solid that features Patti LuPone, who stops the present together with her rendition of “The Women Who Lunch.”

LuPone has performed one thing solely she may do: upstage Elaine Stritch, who originated the function and made that music her calling card. However that shouldn’t shock anybody who caught LuPone in John Doyle’s 2005 revival of “Sweeney Todd.”

I didn’t assume anybody may match Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Lovett. Then LuPone got here out together with her tuba — all of the actors performed devices in that manufacturing — and walked off with a Tony nomination.

LuPone has mentioned that she’s by means of with musicals. She was exhausted after “Warfare Paint,” valiantly struggling by means of the run with a nasty hip (she had it changed after the present closed). However she’s loved working with Elliott, and can reprise the function in New York.

LuPone has two Tonys: one for “Evita,” the opposite for the 2008 revival of “Gypsy.” There’s a 3rd in her future for “Firm.”

Sondheim saved a watch on this revival, sources say, simply to be sure the gender change didn’t radically alter the tone and elegance of the present. He took a break from his new musical, based mostly on the Luis Buñuel motion pictures “The Discreet Allure of the Bourgeoisie” and “The Exterminating Angel,” to attend “Firm” rehearsals in London. He instructed some modifications and is mentioned to be delighted to see it come to Broadway.

Just a few critics have complained that this revival, which is set within the current, doesn’t fairly seize the spirit of New York. That is an issue since “Firm,” initially set in 1970, is the essence of refined New York. However Elliott, sources say, is taking the criticisms into consideration and can inject extra of the Large Apple into the Broadway manufacturing.

I count on to see her huddled over her notes on the Grill within the Seagram Constructing, which represents the New York on the coronary heart of “Firm.”

Disgraced impresario Garth Drabinsky returned to Broadway this week for the primary time since he received out of jail in Canada 5 years in the past.

Drabinsky, as soon as probably the most highly effective producers in New York, attended a efficiency of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Tune.” Its director, Moisés Kaufman, is growing a brand new present for Drabinsky based mostly on the songs of Stephen Foster.

Drabinsky was convicted of fraud and forgery in 2009 in Canada for his half within the collapse of his firm Livent, the producer of “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Lady.” Drabinsky was beneath indictment in the US, however all fees in opposition to him have been dismissed this previous summer season, so he can now enter the nation with out getting arrested.

However I’m wondering if he can nonetheless get an excellent desk at Joe Allen.

You possibly can hear Michael Riedel weekdays on “Len Berman and Michael Riedel within the Morning” on WOR radio 710.

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