Here’s to the ladies who launch – Patti LuPone, Rosalie Craig and Mel Giedroyc at the press launch of COMPANY today

Photographs of Broadway legend Patti LuPone with co-stars Rosalie Craig, Mel Giedroyc and director Marianne Elliott raising a glass to celebrate the forthcoming production of the musical comedy, COMPANY at theatre restaurant Joe Allen today have been released, showing they really are ladies who lunch!

Tony and Olivier award-winning director Marianne Elliott was joined by Rosalie Craig, Patti LuPone and Mel Giedroyc at Joe Allen American Restaurant in Covent Garden today (Tuesday 10 April) to officially launch the West End’s highly anticipated new production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s award-winning musical comedy set in New York. Elliott & Harper Productions’ Company opens at the Gielgud Theatre for a limited run on 26 September 2018 and is directed by Marianne Elliott.

David Benedict, Stephen Sondheim’s official biographer hosted a discussion with Rosalie Craig who will play the re-gendered lead role of Bobbi, Tony and Olivier Award-winning Broadway star Patti LuPone who will play Joanne and star of TV and stage Mel Giedroyc who will play Sarah alongside Marianne Elliott.

Marianne Elliott, Artistic Director and co-founder of Elliott & Harper Productions, recently returned to the UK following the hugely successful Broadway transfer of her Olivier-winning production of Angels in America by Tony Kushner. Her other work includes the internationally successful productions of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse.

The launch included an exclusive first performance of Being Alive from Company sung by Rosalie Craig .

At Bobbi’s 35th birthday party all her friends are wondering why she isn’t married; why she can’t find the right man and why she hasn’t settled down to have a family. The multi-award winning musical comedy about life, love and marriage includes Stephen Sondheim’s iconic songs, The Ladies who Lunch, Being Alive and Side by Side.

Photos: John Nguyen

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