Company Revival

Documentary on Broadway Revival of Company Coming to PBS

Prepare to have Company in your living room! It was announced today that Great Performances will present a documentary exploring the legacy of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical Company, part of the series’ fifth Broadway’s Best lineup.

Filmed over two years, the broadcast takes an inside look at Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott’s creative process of bringing the reimagined gender-swapped production to Broadway during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a cast including Tony and Grammy winner Katrina Lenk and two-time Tony and two-time Grammy winner Patti LuPone. Featuring rehearsal and performance footage, plus new interviews with Elliott, Lenk, LuPone, Sondheim, and members of the original 1970 cast, Great Performances – Keeping Company with Sondheim (w.t.) premieres Friday, May 27, at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), the PBS website, and the PBS Video app as part of #PBSForTheArts.

After a critically acclaimed 2018 London run, Company was headed to Broadway when its originally planned March 2020 opening was suspended due to the pandemic. On Dec. 9, 2021, the show finally opened on Broadway—two weeks after Sondheim’s unexpected passing on Nov. 26. Great Performances – Keeping Company with Sondheim (w.t.) tells the story of the show’s 1970 Broadway debut in a city on the verge of bankruptcy to its reimagination 50 years later as both Broadway and New York City emerge from one of the greatest crises they have ever faced. As audiences return to the unique shared experience of live theater, Company—with its famously ambiguous exploration of love, connection, and marriage in New York City—endures as a seminal work to explore Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical theater legacy as well as the social and cultural upheavals that paralleled its reopening.

Throughout its nearly 50-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. Showcasing a diverse range of artists from around the world, the series has earned 67 Emmy Awards and six Peabody Awards. The Great Performances website hosts exclusive videos, interviews, photos, full episodes and more. The series is produced by The WNET Group.

A co-production of Sabel Productions, Lone Star Productions, and The WNET Group, Great Performances – Keeping Company with Sondheim (w.t.) is directed by Andrew Douglas and produced by David Sabel. Associate producer is Brook Crowley, with Martin Rosenbaum and Adam Low as executive producers. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.

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