But, in all fairness, the Broadway producers really AREN'T interested in Rosalie... the people they are suggesting may not be right, but the information of it not being Rosalie (at least at the time I last heard) is not wrong...
The people on the BWW are suggesting that it’s going to be Katrina Lenk because Sondheim himself personally picked her out because he was so impressed with her when she sang at a recent Sondheim gala - not sure how legit that is but I think she could be a decent choice. I think she’s a way better choice than Jessie Mueller who doesn’t fit the role of Bobbie at all to me.
I don't see why they NEED a new Bobbi. Whoever they get, whether a Jessie or a Katrina, isn't going to significantly shift tickets. LuPone barely shifts tickets, as we've seen with War Paint.
They don't need a star. It will be a limited run to begin with. This is New York and New Yorkers love Sondheim. It's the first major revival of Company. It's a revisal that had a lot of buzz going on already. It will be easy for them to create new buzz.
I'm not attached to Rosie or anything, but this is her part. She created it from scratch and from the moment this production began, you can tell that it was hers and she WANTED it. I doubt you'd be able to bring a new actress to the role who'd be able to own it the way Rosie does.
I felt that several of the design choices were based around RC’s very specific ‘look’ too.
Interesting. Can you elaborate?
Just because the whole thing was muted cool matt grey tones and then there’s RC bouncing around the set with that amazing bright red hair, a clashing orange dress and very white skin. It was hard to draw your eyes away from her.
Sure - but that didn't bring anything new to the table beside the fact that it was actor musician. Everyone dressed like they were in '90s cocktail business attire. This production - which will March into Broadway proclaiming its limited run - has a lot more going on for it and can create a lot more publicity than the previous one (which was over ten years ago).