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Inside Matt Doyle’s unapologetically gay, Tony-nominated performance in ‘Company’

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Companynow positions its central character, Bobbie, as a 35-year-old woman questioning the validity of a traditional marriage.

But director Marianne Elliott’s reimagined production also features another major casting switch that helped land actor Matt Doyle a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.Doyle plays the perpetually anxious Jamie, whose pre-wedding jitters serve as inspiration for “Getting Married Today,” an ingenious, high-velocity patter song that questions heteronormative traditions.Doyle is no stranger to Broadway, having made his debut in the original production of Spring Awakening.

Five shows later, including the lead role in The Book of Mormon and Elliott’s visually stunning production of War Horse, he’s back on Broadway after a pandemic hiatus that shut down the musical just as it was about to open.Related: Jesse Tyler Ferguson talks Broadway, baseball, and LGBTQ rights“It’s a tough time to do theater,” Doyle told Queerty by phone. “But I said back in 2020 that I was going to be here on the other side of this, no matter how difficult and strange it is.

And it’s been difficult and strange. And I mean, it’s not going to just, you know — finger snap — be exactly the way that it was before.

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