“COMPANY” ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CASTING AS MANU NARAYAN JOINS PRODUCTION AS THEO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, PLEASE
COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR
MARIANNE ELLIOTT’S VISIONARY PRODUCTION
STEPHEN SONDHEIM & GEORGE FURTH’S
MANU NARAYAN TO PLAY THEO
WHEN PERFORMANCES RESUME MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15
AHEAD OF A THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9 OPENING NIGHT
AT THE BERNARD B. JACOBS THEATRE
New York, NY (September 14, 2021) – Today, producers of the upcoming revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s landmark American musical Company, under the direction of two-time Tony Award® winner Marianne Elliott, announced that Manu Narayan will play the role of Theo when the eagerly anticipated production resumes performances Monday, November 15 ahead of a Thursday, December 9 opening night at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street).
The cast is led by Tony Award winner Katrina Lenk as Bobbie and two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone as Joanne. They are joined by Matt Doyle as Jamie, three-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as David, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber as Harry, Tony Award nominee Jennifer Simard as Sarah, Terence Archie as Larry, Grammy Award winner Etai Benson as Paul, Bobby Conte as P.J., Nikki Renée Daniels as Jenny, Claybourne Elder as Andy, Greg Hildreth as Peter, and Rashidra Scott as Susan.
Note: Bobby Conte Thornton has updated his professional name to Bobby Conte. Please update all listings to reflect this change.
The complete cast of Company also includes Kathryn Allison, Britney Coleman, Jacob Dickey, Javier Ignacio, Anisha Nagarajan, Nicholas Rodriguez, Heath Saunders, Tally Sessions, and Matt Wall.
Company, the musical comedy masterpiece about the search for love and cocktails in the Big Apple is turned on its head in Elliott’s revelatory staging, in which musical theatre’s most iconic bachelor becomes a bachelorette. At Bobbie’s (Lenk) 35th birthday party, all her friends are wondering why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man? And, why can’t she settle down and have a family? This whip smart musical comedy, given a game-changing makeover for a modern-day Manhattan, features some of Sondheim’s best loved songs, including “Company,” “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Side by Side,” and the iconic “Being Alive.”
Sondheim and Elliott have collaborated to update this masterpiece, bringing Bobbie’s array of friends and lovers unswervingly into the 21st century: Paul (Etai Benson) is waiting patiently for his fiancée Jamie (nee “Amy,” played by Matt Doyle) to get over his increasingly frantic wedding day jitters. Sarah (Jennifer Simard) struggles with her body image while her husband Harry (Christopher Sieber) struggles with sobriety – their marital tensions bubbling just under the surface. Joanne (Patti LuPone) is taking a third try at marriage with Larry (Terence Archie), the object of his wife’s affections … and savage barbs. Peter (Greg Hildreth) and Susan (Rashidra Scott) seem to have the perfect marriage, until perfection proves impossible. Sophisticated David (Christopher Fitzgerald) and his square wife Jenny (Nikki Renée Daniels) can’t wrap their heads around Bobbie’s perpetually single status and aren’t shy about expressing their concern. All while Bobbie juggles three men: Andy (nee “April,” played by Claybourne Elder), the sexy flight attendant, Theo (nee “Kathy,” played by Manu Narayan), the small-town boy trying to find his way in the city, and P.J. (nee “Marta,” played by Bobby Conte), the native New Yorker who’s head-over-heels for his hometown.
The creative team for Company includes Liam Steel (choreography), Joel Fram (musical supervisor), Bunny Christie (set and costume design), Neil Austin (lighting design), Ian Dickinson (sound design), David Cullen (orchestrations), Sam Davis (dance arrangements), Chris Fisher (illusions), Campbell Young Associates (hair, wig, and makeup design), and Cindy Tolan (casting).
Company was in sell-out preview performances when on Thursday, March 12, 2020, the COVID-19 crisis forced the shutdown of all Broadway theaters.
Company is produced on Broadway by Elliott & Harper Productions, The Shubert Organization, Catherine Schreiber, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Crossroads Live, Annapurna Productions, Hunter Arnold, No Guarantees, Jon B. Platt, Michael Watt, John Gore Organization, Tim Levy, Grove•Reg, Hornos•Moellenberg, Being Alive Productions/ Ben Lowy, LD Entertainment/MWM Live, Daryl Roth/Tom Tuff, Salmira Productions/Caiola Productions, Adler•Federman•Levine, Aged in Wood/Lee•Sachs, Beard•Merrie•Robbins, Berinstein•Lane /42nd. club, Boyett•Miller/Drew Hodges, Finn•DeVito/Independent Presenters Network, Armstrong•Ross/Gilad•Rogowsky, Boardman•Koenigsberg/Zell•Seriff, Concord Theatricals•Sanders Productions/ Abrams•May, DeRoy•Brunish/Jenen•Rubin, Fakston Productions/ Sabi•Lerner•Ketner, Maggio•Abrams/Hopkins•Tackel and Jujamcyn Theaters.
Broadway Safety Protocols
Broadway is committed to providing healthy and safe facilities for audiences, performers, and staff.
All Broadway theaters require vaccinations for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff. Masks are required for audiences inside the theater, except while eating or drinking in designated locations.
Guests for all performances through Sunday, October 31 will need to be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine in order to attend a show and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry into the theater with their valid ticket.
Exceptions are being made for children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination. These guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time, or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance start time.
For the most up to date safety information, please visit: www.companymusical.com/tickets/#confidence
Manu Narayan (Theo) Broadway: Gettin’ the Band Back Together, My Fair Lady (LCT revival), Bombay Dreams (Drama League Award nomination). National Tour: Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along (Roundabout), Yeast Nation (La Mama-NYFF), Falsettoland (NAATCO), suburbia & Getting Home (Second Stage), Fucking A (The Public). Regional: The Lisbon Traviata, The Who’s Tommy (Kennedy Center); Glengarry Glen Ross (La Jolla Playhouse – San Diego Critics nomination). Film: 99 Homes, The Love Guru, The Last Airbender, Good Night Good Morning, Walkaway. Television: “And Just Like That,” “Prodigal Son,” ”Emergence,” “Bull,” “Blacklist,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Education: Carnegie Mellon University. Instagram @themanunarayan.
Jacob Dickey (New Yorker). Broadway & First National Tour: Aladdin (Aladdin). Off-Broadway: Emojiland (Sunny), Television: “Gossip Girl,” “The First Lady,” and “Blue Bloods.” Beyond grateful to CGF, my family, and, most especially, Sean.
Nicholas Rodriguez (Understudy) was last seen on Broadway in Disney’s Tarzan. He toured the US as Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music directed by Jack O’Brien. Off-Broadway, he starred in The Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver, and Death for Five Voices. Regional credits include Arena Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, The Muny, Signature Theatre, PCLO, Zach Theatre; he earned a Helen Hayes Award for his portrayal of Curly in Oklahoma! at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, as well as nominations for My Fair Lady and Carousel. He is perhaps best known for the role of Nick Chavez on ABC’s “One Life to Live,” for which he received the GLAAD Media Award and the 2009 Visibility Award. Other TV credits include “Tommy”(CBS) and “Madam Secretary” (CBS). Film: Sex and the City II (also soundtrack). Rodriguez has performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and with numerous symphony orchestras around the country. His debut album, The First Time… is available on iTunes. www.thenickrod.com. @thenickrod.
Heath Saunders (New Yorker) is an actor, composer, multi-instrumentalist, director, teacher, producer, and diversity dramaturg. All of their free time (in the before times) were devoted to readings, workshops, and new works, and this new world has been mostly populated with aural experimentation. They returned to the stage this summer as Guy in Once (Hangar Theater), and they’re slowly getting back to that good, good musical theater development they love. Selected pre-pandemic credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (NBC Live!, Chicago Lyric), Alice By Heart (MCC Theater), and The Great Comet (Broadway). Their 2020 EP Does Not Play Well With Others (I Hope You’re Not ‘Others’) can be heard wherever you stream music, except maybe Tidal – they don’t know, they don’t have an account. www.thesaunderscollective.com @feeltheheath.
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