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How Matt Rodin Nails THAT Song in a Queer Company

Company, and Rodin, who performs it in the production now at the Kennedy Center, refers to it as a “rollercoaster.”Company debuted on Broadway in 1970 with music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by George Firth. Director Marianne Elliott conceived of this production before the pandemic as a way to mark the musical’s 50th anniversary.Collaborating on the work with Sondheim until his death at the end of 2021, Elliott’s idea was to adapt the work to focus on Bobbie — a single woman whose 35th birthday is more cause for angst than celebration — rather than the original’s Bobby, a 35-year-old single man confronting the same anxiety.All of the lead character’s friends and lovers also swapped genders in the adaptation except for Paul, who is now the financé of Jamie (replacing the original character of Amy), the role played by Rodin.Company is the 31-year-old actor’s biggest show yet.
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