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In Tony Awards Press Room, Marianne Elliott Reveals How Her Company Made Stephen Sondheim Cry

Elliott is this year’s Best Director of a Musical for her gender-swapped revival of the classic musical.

Katrina Lenk (center) as Bobbie, with the cast of Company
Katrina Lenk (center) as Bobbie, with the cast of Company
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Earlier tonight, Marianne Elliott was named Best Director of a Musical at the Tony Awards for her gender-swapped production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company.

Prior to his passing in November 2021, Sondheim was heavily involved with Elliott's production, making changes large and small to allow for the concept, and also serving as somewhat of a mentor along the way.

In the press room at the Tonys, we posed Elliott the question: "What is the best note Sondheim gave you over the course of this process?" Her answer was a moving one — not exactly a note, but a memorable moment:

"I remember him coming into the rehearsal room and when everyone got into that small box and sang 'Company,' he started crying. I thought that was the end of my career, and then he said, 'This is exactly what I had originally imagined — that it was extremely claustrophobic.' All the friends storming into her room and crushing her in there was exactly what he thought of when he wrote it."

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