You’re absolutely going to need someone to hold you too close after seeing London’s gender-bent Company when it arrives in New York next spring. The revival stars Patti LuPone as Joanne and Katrina Lenk as Bobbie (note the “ie”). Lenk, who won a Tony for her performance in The Band’s Visit, takes over from Rosalie Craig, who played Bobbie in the London production. Originally a male character, the female Bobbie mostly deals with the same issues Bobby does: At 35, with all of her friends married, she faces judgement for her solo lifestyle. But since she’s a woman, it’s not just her friends nagging. Her biological clock won’t shut up and stop ticking, either. Other characters also get to play around with gender roles and sexuality. Company will be celebrated director Marianne Elliott’s first Broadway musical. Staged at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, Company is set to open on March 22, 2020 — Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday.
Joanne and Bobbie, baby. Photo: Getty Images