Spring has sprung and it is officially the season for coming out of hibernation and gathering together once again to reinvigorate our social connections. This gender-flipped Sondheim lark celebrates just that, centering around a key birthday and one fabulous woman’s relationships and life decisions, for better or worse.
Creative staging and comical set visuals are a perfect backdrop for a wild cast of characters loosely bound through NYC neighborhood and friend-of-friend ties in orbit around the ever-charming, Bobbie (performed by Tony-winner, Katrina Lenk). Add in a two-time Tony-winning director (Marianne Elliott)—and none other than Patti LuPone reprising her Olivier-earning portrayal of gal pal Joanne—and this Stephen Sondheim and George Furth revival hits every note of that satisfying blowout Broadway bash we have been craving since Covid reared its ugly head.
“It was completely surreal to get back on the stage alongside this incredible cast, creative team, crew, orchestra and house staff,” says Katrina Lenk.”We are a very bonded group, having been through a lot together. I just felt immense gratitude for the opportunity to work with these folks, and within this artform. Feeling the energy that only comes with live theater, and the joy of reconnecting with an audience again— it’s really something to cherish.”
Elliott collabed with Sondheim before his passing to gender-tweak the characters and breathe a fresh breeze through the book, with standout performances (“Getting Married Today”- Matt Doyle) by Jamie and Paul (formerly “Amy and Paul”). “The Ladies who Lunch” raised a glass to toast-of-the-town Patti Lupone’s comic and vocal talents, although the hero-worshipping audience seemed to merely need Miss LuPone to arch an eyebrow to collectively lose their minds.
“This show feels tailor-made for this moment in many ways,” says Lenk. “It is an escape …funny, entertaining, and thought-provoking. At its heart, COMPANY is an exploration of the importance of human connection—what it means to be alive—and a celebration of being alive, in all its messy complexity. And what better time for this than now?”
Where to Stay — M Social Times Square
The M Social boasts some of the most panoramic and extensive views down Broadway, right into the heart of Times Square (along with prime ball-dropping vistas, make a NYE note!). Energy exudes not only from the once-again bustling streets below, but all the way up to the soaring ceilings of bar-and-bites fave, Beast & Butterflies. A wraparound terrace perched above the neon chaos is a perfect spot to toast the reemergence of balmy breezes after a long winter, or catch a sunset shot over the Hudson.
The bar and terrace are an open-concept extension of a stylish lobby full of lounging nooks, shuffleboard and foosball tables, and seating pods offering a cozy escape or drinks respite for any taste. Though understandably popular for the massive glass-walled views, seasonal fun is also on tap at the hotel’s rooftop (turned Curling Rink with spiked hot apple cider during the Olympics).
Rooms are similarly modern and offer a variety of views, from Hudson to cityscape, to glowing energy shots of the Great White Way.
Excellent service, a fun clientele and revolving menu of fun activities keep this hotel at the top of our Times Square list.
Sushi by Bou, Times Square
Prime yourself for an animated Broadway night to come at this tiny eight-stool communal sushi experience in the heart of Midtown. “Omakase” roughly translates to “I’ll leave it up to you!” which is a fitting prelude to the eccentric antics of COMPANY. The timed signature 12-piece omakase (30 minutes) or expanded 17-course menu (60 minutes) ensure you will make it to the theatre on time, and in great spirits. (Especially if you try one of the carefully paired cocktails, such as the Yuzu Honey Bee— Maker’s Mark, honey, yuzu and pink peppercorn or the Kyushu Cove—a hibiscus elixir-rum and lime affair.)
Using the freshest of top quality cuts, master sushi chef Koichi created sumptuous bites using traditional edomae techniques, as course after artful course paraded past our plates and onto our palates.
The funky graphic art and neon lit tiny-space is filled with Drake, TLC, Macklemore and thumping 90’s hip hop, keeping the energy amped and diners tempted to linger past their session for one more sake flight. This unique concept by Chef David Bouhadana (give a nod to the hand painted vision of Chef looking down on the scene) materializes throughout the country—sometimes in intimate four-to-six seat luxury hotel suites, sometimes in beach clubs, rooftops or like this hotspot, tucked underground. An evening at this location certainly will send you seeking out a replay.