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Interview with COMPANY Musical Supervisor Joel Fram

Joel Fram Photo by Helen Maybanks
Joel Fram Photo by Helen Maybanks

Joel Fram Photo by Helen Maybanks

Joel Fram is an international music arranger and conductor. He has worked extensively in the West End and on Broadway. He also happens to oversee the Musical Theatre Writing Workshop at the National Theatre.

I thought it would be a good idea to have a chat with Joel during tech week as he has literally the most important job. He’s making COMPANY happen. “I am one of many people making COMPANY happen,” he says with a laugh. “My job is to look after the music department and make sure we are taking good care of Mr. Sondheim’s score.”

Fram knows what he is talking about. He conducted WickedScandalousSweet Smell of SuccessThe Music Man,and Cats on Broadway and his West End productions include the London premiere of Wicked (starring Idina Menzel).

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Company

In many ways, Fram is the ideal ambassador for the new West End production of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’smusical Company. Exuberant, concise and full of life. “To be in the room with this amazing cast and our fantastic orchestra, singing through this iconic score – what a thrill,” he says.

Joel is working alongside Marianne Elliot on the upcoming gender-swap production of COMPANY. Elliott changed the character – originally a mid-thirties singleton Bobby – from male to female, Bobbi. Sondheim gave his blessing to proceedings, as well as sanctioning minor revisions to the script.

Being Musical Supervisor on COMPANY must be a career high right? “It has been a career highlight to work with Marianne, the great Stephen SondheimDavid Cullen – all people I’ve admired for many years,” he says. “Steve is courteous and supportive. When Marianne and I were in his living room, pitching this idea for the show, we were making a big ask – switching the gender of a leading character in a very famous, ground-breaking musical.”

Where does he go from here? “I’m not sure what’s next – but for now, I just want to live in this very special moment”, Fram reasons.

Today, though, COMPANY is where his heart is. “COMPANY is the product of great minds, and it seems that this piece was and is very personal to all of its original creators. But as we worked through our concept, it became clear that Steve has a real affection and respect for Marianne and her work. He was willing to take a gamble – and he’s been incredibly generous and supportive every step of the way.”

As for there being three productions by Elliott running in London simultaneously from November with Curious Incidentplaying a limited run at the Picaddilly Theatre, Company at the Gielgud, and her production of War Horse returning to the National Theatre; Fram is thrilled. “I just became aware of that yesterday,” he says. “It’s a notable feat in itself, but it also has a lot to say about a long-overdue re-balancing of women’s roles in the theatre.”

“Marianne is such a thoughtful and inspiring director,” he beams.

 “We are in the hands of a wildly inventive thinker, someone who investigates every single word of text. She won’t settle for anything less than the truth, and I think that is what makes her work so successful, moving and enduring. Marianne works so carefully on the scenes – but she also puts her eye on the songs in the same way, investigating both music and lyrics in terms of dramatic structure,” says Fram.

COMPANY boasts a top-notch cast and creative team. What can we expect from them? “Rosalie Craig brings such warmth and humanity to the role, and Patti LuPone is a remarkable Joanne – to name just two.”

“Conducting actors of this calibre is an honour. Songs are dramatic journeys, little one-act plays; there are some actors you help lead through that journey and some who show you the way – Marianne has made sure we are all telling the same story together,” he says. “Also, I have the most amazing orchestra in the West End.”

What does he enjoy doing that has nothing to do with his career? He laughs. “I am an avid baker – you could say obsessed – so imagine having Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc in the cast! I mean, I can barely breathe when she walks in the room,” says Fram.

“Anyway, throughout rehearsals, however late or tired I was when I got home, I made sure I baked – every single day. Let’s just say I’ve heard that I have some big fans in the company – well, ­fans of my biscuits, at any rate. And I take requests.”

I ask him to choose between musicals Gypsy or Follies. “Oh God. That is a very tough question.” Pause.

“I don’t think there could be a life without either… I would say the best way to answer is: ‘Waiting Around for the Girls Upstairs’ and ‘If Momma Was Married.’ So, both.”

Company runs at the Gielgud Theatre from 26 September to 22 December 2018.

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First Look: Rehearsal Images: Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical COMPANY directed by Marianne Elliott

Company and tour announced for Leo Butler’s ALL YOU NEED IS LSD, a Told by an Idiot / Birmingham Repertory Theatre co-production

All You Need Is LSD
All You Need Is LSD

All You Need Is LSD

Joining Told by an Idiot’s Artistic Director Paul Hunter, Associate Idiot Stephen Harper co-directs All You Need Is LSD, his first directing role with the company. A co-production from Told by an Idiot and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the cast is Annie Fitzmaurice, Jack Hunter, Sophie Mercell and George Potts. The production premieres at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and tours to Liverpool, Bristol, Salford and Coventry.

All You Need is LSD is an exhilarating new comedy written by acclaimed playwright Leo Butler, after he accepted an invitation from former government drugs tsar Professor David Nutt to be a guinea pig in the world’s first LSD trials since the 1960s.

Part history, part wild fantasy, All You Need Is LSD playfully dissects a drugs debate that won’t go away and examines the freedom we have to make our own choices in life, and death. Exploring Professor Nutt’s infamous claims about the therapeutic benefits and supposed risks of ‘recreational’ drugs, Leo questions if the world still needs a ‘psychedelic revolution.’

Leo Butler, playwright: ‘This play takes inspiration from a lifetime of my experiences – from a misspent youth through to the responsibilities of fatherhood, and from being a guinea pig in medical trials to actually creating the play itself. I was delighted that The REP was as excited as me to find out what this play could be and, along with The REP, Told by an Idiot were the ideal fit in bringing it to life. I can’t wait to see it unfold on stage – the next step in an already extraordinary journey.’

Paul Hunter, Artistic Director, Told by an Idiot / co-director, All You Need Is LSD‘It is a joy to create All You Need Is LSD with such a great blend of experienced and fresh Idiots and to be working with The REP again – it feels like the perfect team to bring Leo’s unpredictable, absurd and trippy play to the stage. Stephen Harper has been associated with Told by an Idiot for many years and I am delighted he is joining me to co-direct, and that fellow Associate Idiot, Annie Fitzmaurice, also forms part of the company. Jack Hunter and Sophie Mercell, who were introduced to the company in January 2018 during Let Me Play The Lion Too – our recent improvisational experiment with emerging disabled and non-disabled performers. It is great to continue a relationship with them, to welcome George Potts for the first time.’

 Roxana Silbert, Artistic Director, Birmingham Repertory Theatre: ‘The drugs debate is one that won’t go away and All You Need Is LSD is a fascinating and poignant look at the issue that fits perfectly with our commitment to work that examines mental health. We’re thrilled to be working with Leo to develop his latest play following our collaboration with him earlier this year on Woyzeck and I’m also particularly delighted to be partnering with Told by an Idiot in bringing Leo’s exhilarating and original new comedy to life in Birmingham.’

 The production is designed by Sophia Clist with Lighting by Alex Boucher and Sound / Composition by Sophie Cotton. Beth Kapila is Assistant Director. Tessa Walker, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Associate Director is Creative Consultant.

LISTINGS DETAILS

Venue Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Dates 
4 – 13 October 2018 at 8pm (9 October at 7pm); + 11 and 13 October at 2:30pm
Tickets birmingham-rep.co.uk / 0121 236 4455 / From £10

 

Venue Unity Theatre, Liverpool
Dates 
16-20 October 2018 at 7.30pm + 20 October at 2pm
Tickets unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk / 0151 709 4988 / £12 – £16 (£10.50 concessions)

Venue Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol
Dates 
1 – 3 November 2018 at 7.30pm; + 3 November at 2pm
Tickets tobaccofactorytheatres.com / 0117 902 0344 / from £12 (limited availability)

 

Venue The Lowry, Salford
Dates 
6 – 10 November 2018 at 8pm
Tickets thelowry.com / 0843 208 6000 / £12 (£10 concessions)

Venue Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Dates 
15 – 17 November 2018 at 7.45pm + 17 November at 2.30pm
Tickets belgrade.co.uk / 024 7655 3055 / £12-14.75 (£9-£12.75 concessions)

 

Complete casting announced for Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical Company directed by Marianne Elliott

Jonathan Bailey and Alex Gaumond (Alex Rumford)
Jonathan Bailey and Alex Gaumond (Alex Rumford)

Jonathan Bailey and Alex Gaumond (Alex Rumford)

The complete cast was announced today for Marianne Elliott’s highly anticipated new production of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY which opens at the Gielgud Theatre from 26 September 2018.

JONATHAN BAILEY will play Jamie (originally written as the female character, Amy) and ALEX GAUMOND will play his devoted fiancée – Paul.

Stephen Sondheim and Marianne Elliott have been working closely together on the script and have re-imagined these two characters as a gay couple for the very first time.  Director Marianne Elliott said: I could not be more thrilled that Stephen Sondheim agreed to turn Amy into Jamie. I hope it makes this production feel very, very now.  We are keeping the existing dialogue, and not changing the famous scene in which the character gets cold feet about their impending marriage and sings the iconic “I’m not getting married today.’  The characters of Jamie and Paul feel like a lot of the contemporary gay male friends I know.’

Jonathan Bailey’s recent television work includes: Broadchurch, WIA, Chewing Gum and Doctor Who.  His theatre credits includeThe York Realist, King Lear with Ian McKellen for the Chichester Festival Theatre, American Psycho at the Almeida and Othello at the National Theatre.  His films credits include The Mercy, Christ the Lord, Testament of Youth and St Trinians.

Alex Gaumond’s West End musical credits include Miss Trunchbull in the RSC’s Matilda, We Will Rock You, and Legally Blonde – The Musical.  Other theatre credits include ENO’s Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson, Taming of the Shrew at the Globe,Caroline or Change at the Chichester Festival Theatre and A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic.  His films include The Hustle andHampstead.

Also announced today is DAISY MAYWOOD as Susan.  Daisy’s theatre credits include The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk at Wilton’s Music Hall and on tour, Promises Promises at Southwark Playhouse, Wonder.Land  and Carrie Cracknell’s Medea for the National Theatre and A Chorus Line at the London Palladium.  She also appeared in Rufus Norris’ film London Road.

The complete cast for COMPANY is:  Rosalie Craig as Bobbie, Patti LuPone as Joanne, Mel Giedroyc as Sarah, Jonathan Bailey as Jamie, George Blagden as PJ, Ashley Campbell as Peter, Richard Fleeshman as Andy, Alex Gaumond as Paul,Richard Henders as David, Ben Lewis as Larry, Daisy Maywood as Susan, Jennifer Saayeng as Jenny, Matthew Seadon-Young as Theo and Gavin Spokes as Harry.  Joining them are:  Michael Colbourne, Francesca Ellis, Ewan Gillies, Grant Nealand Jaimie Pruden.

At Bobbie’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married; why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to have a family. The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, The Ladies who Lunch, Being Alive, Side by Side and You Could Drive a Person Crazy.

Marianne Elliott, Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she founded in 2016 with producer Chris Harper,was awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for her services to theatre. Elliott is the first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director and her recent Broadway transfer of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America received the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.  Angels in America at the National Theatre also received the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play. Marianne’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards for its run on Broadway, including Best Play and Best Director and continues to tour internationally. Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.  War Horse, which she co-directed, and has been seen by over 7 million people world-wide, and is on its second UK tour.

Joining director Marianne Elliott on the creative team for Company are:  choreographer Liam Steel, designer, musical supervisor and conductor Joel FramBunny Christie, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Ian Dickinson (for Autograph Sound), illusions designer Chris Fisher, orchestrator David Cullen, dance arranger Sam Davis and casting directors Alastair Coomer CDG and Charlotte Sutton CDG.

The producers for Company at the Gielgud Theatre are: Elliott & Harper ProductionsCatherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Greek Street Productions/Christopher Ketner.

Richard Fleeshman & George Blagden amongst new cast members announced for Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Musical Company

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COMPANY

COMPANY

Further casting was announced today (Friday 29 June 2018) for Marianne Elliott’s highly anticipated new production of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY which previews from 26 September 2018.  Cast already announced are: Rosalie Craig in the central role of Bobbie, Broadway star Patti LuPone as Joanne and Mel Giedroyc as Sarah.

Announced today are the actors playing Bobbie’s three boyfriends: RICHARD FLEESHMAN as Andy, GEORGE BLAGDEN as PJ and MATTHEW SEADON-YOUNG as Theo. All three characters have been re-gendered for this new production, which includes their classic song You Could Drive a Person Crazy. Stephen Sondheim has renamed the roles. Andy was originally April, PJ was originally Marta and Theo was Kathy.

Also announced today are: GAVIN SPOKES as Harry, who is married to Sarah (Mel Giedroyc), RICHARD HENDERS andJENNIFER SAAYENG playing David and Jenny, ASHLEY CAMPBELL as Peter and BEN LEWIS playing opposite Patti LuPoneas Joanne’s husband Larry.

Richard Fleeshman is currently starring in the UK and Ireland tour of Sting’s new musical, The Last Ship.  His many other credits include: the lead role of Sam Wheat in Ghost the Musical on Broadway and in the West End, Legally Blonde the Musical, Guys and DollsDamsel in Distress and UrineTown: The Musical.  His television work includes Call the Midwife, the lead role in the six part BBC series,  All the Small Things, and Craig in Coronation Street.

George Blagden, is currently playing the lead role of Louis XIV in Versailles on BBC TV and playing Damis in Tartuffe at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.  His other theatre work includes Jamie Lloyd’s The Pitchfork Disney at Shoreditch Town Hall andPlatinum at Hampstead Theatre.  He played Grantaire in the film version of Les Miserables and other TV work includes Black Mirror: Hang the DJ (Netflix) and Athelstan in The Vikings.

Matthew Seadon-Young recently appeared in Sondheim’s Assassins at the Gate Theatre in Dublin.  His other stage work includes: Big FishBeautiful in the West End, Sweeney Todd for English National Opera and UrineTown: The Musical.  He also appeared in the feature film, Pride.

Gavin Spokes starred in James Graham’s play Quiz in the West End and at Chichester Festival Theatre.  His other theatre work includes: Against at the Almeida Theatre, Carousel for English National Opera, he received an Olivier-award nomination for his role as Nicely Nicely in Guys and Dolls in the West End, 1984 at the Almeida and in the West End, Francis Henshall in the National Theatre production of One Man, Two Guvnors and Oliver Hardy in Laurel and Hardy at the Watermill.  His TV credits include: Man Down and Utopia for Channel 4.

Richard Henders’ National Theatre credits include The Beaux Stratagem, The White Guard and Trevor Nunn’s productions ofAnything Goes, Love’s Labour’s Lost and The Cherry Orchard, and John Caird’s production of Candide.  His TV work includes Warren in KingdomThe Inspector Lynley Mysteries and Foyle’s War.

Jennifer Saayeng’s recent theatre credits include: Caroline or Change at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Ragtime at the Charing Cross Theatre, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and City of Angels at the Donmar Theatre, The Etienne Sisters at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Color Purple at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Her TV work includes Vera, Eastenders and Emerald City.

Ashley Campbell recently played Sammy Davis Jr in The Rat Pack Live from Vegas at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. His other theatre credits include Sunny Afternoon in the West End, The Color Purple at the Menier Factory, Five Guys Named Moe at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East and he recently completed a season at the RSC in Much Ado about Nothing, Macbeth, The Roverand Two Noble Kinsmen.   He features in the 2017 film: Mamma Mia: Here we Go Again! with Cher.

Ben Lewis is currently appearing as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End.  His many other credits include: Annie Get your Gun at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, Forbidden Broadway at the Vaudeville Theatre,Side by Side by Sondheim at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, A Little Night Music for Opera Australia, Monty Python’s Spamalot andPriscilla, Queen of the Desert.  Ben played the Phantom the filmed version of Love Never Dies.

At Bobbie’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married; why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to have a family. The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, The Ladies who Lunch, Being Alive, Side by Side and You Could Drive a Person Crazy.

Marianne Elliott, Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she founded in 2016 with producer Chris Harper,was awarded an OBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List 2018 for her services to theatre. Elliott is the first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director and her recent Broadway transfer of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America received the 2018 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor (Andrew Garfield) and Best Featured Actor (Nathan Lane).  Angels in America at the National Theatre also received the 2018 Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play.

Marianne’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards for its run on Broadway, including Best Play and Best Director. It continues to tour internationally. Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.  War Horse, which she co-directed, and has been seen by over 7 million people world-wide, and is on its second UK tour.

Joining Marianne Elliott on the creative team for Company are:  musical supervisor and conductor Joel Fram, choreographer Liam Steel, designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Neil Austin, sound designer Ian Dickinson (for Autograph Sound), illusions designer Chris Fisher, orchestrator David Cullen, dance arranger Sam Davis and casting directors Alastair Coomer CDG and Charlotte Sutton CDG.  Further casting will be announced shortly.

The producers for Company at the Gielgud Theatre are: Elliott & Harper ProductionsCatherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Greek Street Productions/Christopher Ketner.

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So I went along to the launch of Company

On reading the phrase ‘An invitation to the official launch of Elliott & Harper’s revival of Company at Joe Allen with director Marianne Elliott & cast members Rosalie Craig, Broadway legend Patti LuPone and Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyctogether in one sentence you know you’re in for quite a treat.

I mean, it’s not every day you get the opportunity to join 87 other strangers over breakfast with ‘critically acclaimed’ musical theatre people and Mel, is it?

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Photo by John Nguyen

So, with some degree of excitement I made my way to Jo Allen, and here are some things I noted.

To kick things off, David Benedict, Sondheim’s official biographer hosted an alright discussion with Rosalie Craig who will play the re-gendered lead role of Bobbi, Patti LuPone plays Joanne & Mel Giedroyc takes on the role of Sarah. All four ladies were on top form. Somebody’s phone went off during this bit and LuPone criticised Uma Thurman for her questionable turn in The Parisian Woman on Broadway.

The launch included an exclusive first performance of Being Alive by Rosalie Craig. And what she did was great. Slick, cool and laid-back, As well as the song being amazing on its own merits, Being Alive (aka one of the 1000 greatest songs of all time) sounded bloody good live from a female perspective and the crowd reacted quite positively to it, i.e. they clapped like loons.

Modern technology permitted me to catch the moment with a twitter vid (is that what we call it?) and I’ve placed it below these words. I even put on a shiny filter to create an ‘intimate’ feel. You’re welcome.

The next thing I knew, I found myself with various members of the press at a round table interview with Marianne Elliott and Mel Giedroyc. I took the opportunity to ask them how they feel about Stephen Sondheim originally stating that, with Company, he wanted a show “where the audience would sit for two hours screaming their heads off with laughter, and then go home and not be able to sleep.”

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Ladies Who Launch etc —  L to R LuPone, Craig, Elliott & Giedroyc. 

“Oh God… It is a very funny piece. But I suppose ultimately it is a serious subject,” Elliott says. “Look at the news recently about the pay gap between genders that revealed men are paid more than women, which is unbelievable. The reason for it is that women are not in managerial positions; they are staying at home, they are looking after kids or thinking about going part-time or starting a family. I know a lot of women in that situation – I was in a similar situation myself. It is a very serious issue for women in their mid-30’s because they probably know that if they want to have a family then the clock is ticking.”

What does Mel think? “I love the idea of an audience laughing a lot throughout a show. But I don’t like the idea of them not sleeping – they must laugh and then sleep,” Giedroyc says simply. “But not in the theatre! They must laugh until they are so tired that they go home and then they sleep.” Righty ho.

Company is shaping up to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2018. Well done all.

There were various pastries and refreshments and that was that.

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Company will run at the Gielgud Theatre from September 26 to December 22.

The Official Launch Of Stephen Sondheim & George Furth’s musical COMPANY

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Tony and Olivier award-winning director Marianne Elliott was joined by Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone and Mel Giedroyc at Joe Allen American Restaurant in Covent Garden today (Tuesday 10 April) to officially launch the West End’s highly anticipated new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s award-winning musical comedy set in New York.  Elliott & Harper Productions’ Company opens at the Gielgud Theatre for a limited run on 26 September 2018 and is directed by Marianne Elliott.

David Benedict, Stephen Sondheim’s official biographer hosted a discussion with Rosalie Craig who will play the re-gendered lead role of Bobbi, Tony and Olivier Award-winning Broadway star Patti LuPone who will play Joanne and star of TV and stage Mel Giedroyc who will play Sarah alongside  Marianne  Elliott. 

Marianne Elliott, Artistic Director and co-founder of Elliott & Harper Productions, recently returned to the  UK following the hugely successful Broadway transfer of her Olivier-winning production of Angels in America by Tony Kushner.  Her other work includes the internationally successful productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse.

The launch included an exclusive first performance of Being Alive from Company  sung by Rosalie Craig .

At Bobbi’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married; why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to have a family.  The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, The Ladies who Lunch, Being Alive and Side by Side.

The producers for Company at the Gielgud Theatre are: Elliott & Harper Productions, Catherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner.

Box Office information:

Address:                              Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Dates:                                   26 September – 22 December 2018

Performances:                   Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Ticket prices from             £25

Gielgud Theatre Box Office – Booking 0844 482 5130

Online from www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk

 

Marianne Elliott, is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she founded with producer Chris Harper.  Elliott is the first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director and is currently directing the Broadway transfer of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.  Marianne’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for its run on Broadway.  Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.  War Horse, which she co-directed, and has been seen by over 7 million people world-wide, and is on its second UK tour.

Rosalie Craig is currently performing in Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play, The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre.   Other theatre credits include:  Marianne Elliott’s production of The Light Princess, for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for an Olivier Award, Rosalind in As You Like It, The Threepenny Opera and London Road – all for the National Theatre.  Other theatre includes: City of Angels for the Donmar, Lady Macduff in Macbeth for Manchester International Festival, directed by Kenneth Branagh, Sylvia in the musical Finding Neverland and the title role in Miss Julie at Chichester Festival Theatre.  Her film and TV credits include: London Road, Spooks, and Casanova.

Patti LuPone, who recently performed Don’t Cry for me Argentina at the Grammy’s returns to London to make her first appearance in a West End musical for over 25 years with this production of Company.  Her previous London theatre credits include originating the role of Fantine in Les Misérables, an Olivier-award winning role in The Cradle will Rock and creating the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.  Her numerous Broadway credits  include: originating the role of Eva Peron in Evita, Gypsy,  Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, and Master Class.  Her many films include: Heist, Driving Miss Daisy and Witness.  TV includes: American Horror Story, Glee, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace (as herself), Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination) and Law & Order.  LuPone, who is a graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, is the author of The New York Times bestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

Mel Giedroyc recently co-presented The Great British Bake Off for the BBC alongside her long-time comic partner Sue Perkins, co-presented Let It Shine with Graham Norton and Gary Barlow and commentates for the BBC at Eurovision.  Other TV credits include: The Sound of Music Live, Would I Lie to You?, Big Fat Quiz of the Year, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Richard Ayaode’s Travel Man.  Mel will soon be playing Beatrice in Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.  Other theatre credits include: Luce at Southwark Playhouse, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Playhouse), Eurobeat (Novello), and New Boys.

 

Mel Giedroyc joins Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone in Company

It was announced today (Friday 2 February 2018) that Mel Giedroyc will join the cast of Elliott & Harper’s highly anticipated new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Tony award-winning musical, Company, directed by Marianne Elliott.  It will run at the Gielgud Theatre from 26 September 2018 for a limited run.

Mel Giedroyc, one of the UK’s most loved performers, will play Sarah, and joins Rosalie Craig as Bobbi, a role re-imagined for the first time as a woman, and Broadway star Patti LuPone as Joanne.

Mel Giedroyc said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be playing Sarah in Marianne Elliott’s upcoming production of Sondheim’s Company in the West End.  It’s been an ambition of mine to be in a Sondheim show, and to be working alongside Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone and to be directed by the genius director that is Marianne Elliott is just the icing on the cake.’

Marianne Elliott added: ‘I am so pleased that Mel is going to join our Company to play Sarah.  She has all the qualities I was looking for in the role of Sarah. She is a unique and gifted comic actress and another amazing and talented woman to add to the cast. I can’t believe my luck – we are going to have so much fun.’

 Mel Giedroyc recently co-presented The Great British Bake Off for the BBC alongside her long-time comic partner Sue Perkins, co-presented Let It Shine with Graham Norton and Gary Barlow and commentates for the BBC at Eurovision.  Other TV credits include: The Sound of Music LiveWould I Lie to You?, Big Fat Quiz of the Year8 Out of 10 Cats and Richard Ayaode’s Travel Man.  Mel will soon be playing Beatrice in Shakespeare’sMuch Ado about Nothing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.  Other theatre credits include: Luce at Southwark Playhouse, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Playhouse), Eurobeat (Novello), and New Boys.

Rosalie Craig

Rosalie Craig

Rosalie Craig is currently performing in Jez Butterworth’s award-winning play, The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre.   Other theatre credits include:  Marianne Elliott’s production of The Light Princess, for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was nominated for an Olivier Award, Rosalind inAs You Like It, The Threepenny Opera and London Road – all for the National Theatre.  Other theatre includes:City of Angels for the Donmar, Lady Macduff in Macbeth for Manchester International Festival, directed by Kenneth Branagh, Sylvia in the musical Finding Neverland and the title role in Miss Julie at Chichester Festival Theatre.  Her film and TV credits include: London Road, Spooks, and Casanova.

Patti Lupone, shot at the Lincoln Center Theatre, on July 16th 2015. CREDIT:Axel Dupeux for The Wall Street Journal Slug: Weekend Confidential – Patti Lupone

Patti LuPone, who this week performed Don’t Cry for me Argentina at the Grammy’s returns to London to make her first appearance in a West End musical for over 25 years with this production of Company.  Her previous London theatre credits include originating the role of Fantine in Les Misérables, an Olivier-award winning role in The Cradle will Rock and creating the role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.  Her numerous Broadway credits  include: originating the role of Eva Peron in Evita, Gypsy,  Sweeney ToddAnything Goes, and Master Class.  Her many films include: HeistDriving Miss Daisy and Witness.  TV includes: American Horror Story, GleeUgly BettyWill & Grace (as herself), Frasier (1998 Emmy nomination) and Law & Order.  LuPone, who is a graduate of the first class of the Drama Division of New York’s Juilliard School and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company, is the author of the The New York Timesbestseller Patti LuPone: A Memoir.

At Bobbi’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married; why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to have a family.  The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, The Ladies who Lunch, Being Alive and Side by Side.

Marianne Elliott, is Artistic Director of Elliott & Harper Productions, a company she founded with producer Chris Harper.  Elliott is the first woman in Broadway history to win two Tony Awards for Best Director and is currently directing the Broadway transfer of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.  Marianne’s ground-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time received 7 Olivier Awards in London, including Best New Play and Best Director and 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play and Best Director for its run on Broadway.  Her production of Saint Joan earned her the Olivier Award for Best Revival and Pillars of the Community earned her the Evening Standard Award for Best Director.  War Horse, which she co-directed, and has been seen by over 7 million people world-wide, and is on its second UK tour.

Joining Marianne Elliott on the creative team for Company are:  designer Bunny Christie, musical director Joel Fram and choreographer Liam Steel.  Further casting will be announced.

  The producers for Company at the Gielgud Theatre are: Elliott & Harper ProductionsCatherine Schreiber, Grove Entertainment, Jujamcyn Theaters, LD Entertainment, David Mirvish, Aged in Wood Productions/Ricardo Hornos, Bob Boyett/Tom Miller, Bruno Wang Productions/Salman Al-Rashid, Across the Pond Theatricals/ Trio Theatricals and Ramin Sabi/Christopher Ketner.

Company

Box Office information:

Address:                Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Dates:                    26 September – 22 December 2018

Performances:       Monday to Saturday at 7.30pmThursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Ticket prices from £25

Gielgud Theatre Box Office – Booking 0844 482 5130

Online from www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk

Angels in America on Broadway

Elliott & Harper is co-producing the transfer of the National Theatre’s production of Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliott to Broadway, opening in March 2018.

Elliott & Harper Productions:

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First Look: Production images for Company opening tonight, Thursday 1st February, at Aberdeen Arts Centre