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The Verdict Reviews: What Are Critics Saying About Company's National Tour?

Britney Coleman stars as Bobbie in Marianne Elliott's Tony-winning, gender-swapped revival of the Sondheim musical.

Britney Coleman photographed at Alchemical Studios Heather Gershonowitz

The reviews are in for the Tony-winning, gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, now on a U.S. national tour that launched October 8 in Schenectady, New York. Marianne Elliott is back re-creating her Tony-winning direction, with Britney Coleman starring as Bobbie. Read reviews for the tour below.

The cast also includes Judy McLane as Joanne, Kathryn Allison as Sarah, Matt Bittner as David, Ali Louis Bourzgui as Paul, Derrick Davis as Larry, Javier Ignacio as Peter, James Earl Jones II as Harry, Marina Kondo as Susan, Matt Rodin as Jamie, Emma Stratton as Jenny, Jacob Dickey as Andy, Tyler Hardwick as PJ, and David Socolar as Theo.

Rounding out the company are Matthew Christian, Christopher DeAngelis, Kenneth Quinney Francouer, CJ Greer, Elysia Jordan, Beth Stafford Laird, and Christopher Henry Young.

This production of Company reimagines the 1970 musical to newly center around a female protagonist: Bobbie. Unmarried and 35, Bobbie visits her large group of married friends, most of whom are very concerned with why Bobbie hasn't yet settled down. The Sondheim score includes such favorites as "Sorry-Grateful," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Getting Married Today," "Barcelona," and "Being Alive."

Read the reviews below.

The Berkshire Edge (J. Peter Bergman)

Nippertown (Bill Kellert)

Times Union (Katherine Kiessling)

VigourTimes (Colin McAtee)

WAMC/Troy Record (Bob Goepfert)

Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

WATCH: Company National Tour Star Britney Coleman Sings 'Being Alive'

Following a 2018 run in London's West End, the production transferred to Broadway just before COVID-19 shut down all of Broadway. More than a year later, the revival finally resumed performances, ultimately opening December 9, 2021—read reviews here. For Sondheim, who died November 26, 2021, during previews, the revival would become the final Broadway production of his that he saw before his passing. The production would go on to run for 268 performances and 32 previews, closing July 31, 2022.

Elliott's creative team includes choreographer Liam Steel, musical supervisor Joel Fram (who also supplies additional vocal arrangements), set and costume designer Bunny Christie, lighting designer Neil Austin, original sound designer Ian Dickinson, tour sound designer Keith Caggiano, orchestrator David Cullen, dance arranger Sam Davis, illusion designer Chris Fisher, and hair, wig, and makeup designer Campbell Young Associates. The production is cast by Tara Rubin. Jay Carey is production stage manager, Matthew Brooks is stage manager, and Ashani Smith is assistant stage manager.

The tour is currently scheduled to play 25 cities including Detroit, Chicago, Memphis, New Haven, Boston, Pittsburgh, Denver, and Seattle. For a full itinerary, visit

Photos: Britney Coleman Gives Playbill An Exclusive Performance of Being Alive From Company

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