Yesterday afternoon it was revealed that Stephen Sondheim (along with director John Tiffany) has reworked his classic musical comedy, Company, with a major plot twist: Bobby, the central, single character, who spends the course of the show dealing with his own inability to commit, is gay. Several of the female characters in the show will be men, including Joanne, the middle-aged woman whose character delivers the show’s most famous song, “The Ladies Who Lunch.” It’s an interesting revision, as critics have long argued that Bobby was a closeted homosexual in the first place. But 43 years after the musical premiered on Broadway, is a revisionist’s take on Company necessary?

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