BY: PHEOBE HORIBE
Steven Sondheim’s iconic musical, Company, is making a comeback in multiple ways. It started with a gender-bent revival on the West End and has since made its way to Broadway. The decision to make Bobbie a woman (formerly Bobby for the male lead) in this modern-day world has been a hit amongst audience members in London and New York City.
The show revolves around Bobbie, a single woman living in New York City, who is celebrating her 35th birthday with all of her married, to-be married, and divorced-and-re-married friends. They all want to see her settle down and find someone who makes her happy, but she struggles with wanting to keep her single lifestyle where she doesn’t have to worry about another person.
The show has since been on pause since Covid-19 shut down Broadway theaters, but was starring Katrina Lenk as Bobbie as well as Patti LuPone. This production has taken on so many new meanings with the genders swapped and has brought a new light to this classic musical. But will we be seeing a new production of it with a 60-year-old Bobby?
It was recently announced that Antonio Banderas will be both directing and starring in a production of Company in Málaga, Spain. The show will be performed in Spanish at Banderas’s Teatro del Soho and apparently Bobby will still be single at 60-years-old. The production will be presented in the round and Banderas hopes to bring it to Madrid following the Málaga run.
In 2019, Banderas put on the first Spanish production of A Chorus Line where he also directed and starred as Zach, who is the director of the audition in the musical. This production was the inaugural musical for Teatro del Soho and Banderas has mentioned his idea of moving the production to New York City.
Banderas was nominated for a Tony in the 2003 Broadway revival of Nine where he played the role of Guido. He has also had much success in films starring in movies like The Legend of Zorro, Once Upon A Time In Mexico, the movie-musical Evita, and the Dreamworks animated Shrek films where he voices the character Puss in Boots.
The show is set to open in the fall of 2021, but with Covid-19 regulations still in effect, there are no official dates announced at this time.