‘Company’ on way to B’way

Sondheim tuner opens in November

Broadway will be in good “Company” this fall.

Helmer John Doyle’s buzzed-about production of the Stephen Sondheim tuner, which garnered national plaudits recently in its preem at Cincinnati Playhouse, will open on the Rialto in November at a theater to be determined.

Most of the Cincy cast, toplined by Raul Esparza, is expected for Gotham.

Production will be the second on Broadway from Brit director Doyle, composer Sondheim and the Routh/Frankel/Viertel/Baruch Group, the producing org that won the bidding war for the rights for “Company.”

Group also produced Doyle’s take on Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd,” currently on the Great White Way. That production recouped its $3.5 million capitalization in 19 weeks — an unusual financial success for a Sondheim show on Broadway.

Doyle’s “Company,” like his “Sweeney,” features actors who double as musicians, playing both their parts and the tuner’s score.

The Tony-winning 1970 musical, with a book by George Furth, centers on a 35-year-old confirmed bachelor (Esparza); songs include “Sorry-Grateful,” “Getting Married Today” and “Being Alive.” The Roundabout revived the show on Broadway in 1995.

“Company” shutters in Cincinnati April 14.

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