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Steven Sondheim's 1970 musical Company is being reworked by the composer-lyricist and Tony Award-winning director Tony Tiffany.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Broadway musical is already being workshopped. On Friday, the altered version will also be shown privately.
The award-winning musical is about a commitment adverse New Yorker named Bobby. The new version would make him an out gay man. There are other character's being changed as well, including cynic drinker Joanne, who will now be a man for the musical. Joanne was originally played by Elaine Stritch and sings the popular "The Ladies Who Lunch."
Alan Cumming will be taking over the former role of Joanne, while Tony nominee Daniel Evans will be playing the new version of Bobby.
The Huffington Post notes that the changes came about because audiences have long wondered if Bobby was really a gay man. Sondheim and George Furth have long denied this though. But the idea interested Sondheim after talking with Tiffany.
Sondheim said to the New York Times, "It's still a musical about commitment, but marriage is seen as something very different in 2013 than it was in the 1970."
He added, "We don't deal with gay marriage as such, but this version lets us explore the issues of commitment in a fresh way."
THR notes Company was nominated for 14 Tonys back in 1970 and won six - one of which was best musical.