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Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor lead stars at opening night of Stephen Sondheim’s Company

Stephen Sondheim’s Company made its long-awaited return to Broadway on Thursday night just two weeks after the famed composer/lyricist’s passing at the age of 91.

And Sarah Paulson and her girlfriend Holland Taylor were just some of the industry figures who eagerly attended the musical comedy’s opening night at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City.

Paulson, 46, and Holland, 78, put on a cozy display while posing on the step-and-repeat photo op before the start of the show.

Opening night: Sarah Paulson and her girlfriend Holland Taylor were just some of the industry figures who eagerly attended opening night of Stephen Sondheim’s Company at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York City

Loved up: Paulson, 46, and Holland, 78, put on a cozy display while posing on the step-and-repeat photo op before the start of the show

Loved up: Paulson, 46, and Holland, 78, put on a cozy display while posing on the step-and-repeat photo op before the start of the show

The couple, who have been romantically linked since 2015, posed closely beside one another in matching black coats.

Paulson was captured beaming in the direction of her girlfriend, who had a beautiful green scarf wrapped around her neck.

As for the American Horror Story actress, she layered her coat over a chic black turtleneck and gave her look a pop of color with some bold berry lipstick. 

Naomi Watts wowed in a trendy blue velvet blazer and matching trousers for the star-studded event.

Strike a pose: The couple, who have been romantically linked since 2015, posed closely beside one another in matching black coats

Strike a pose: The couple, who have been romantically linked since 2015, posed closely beside one another in matching black coats

Chic: Paulson wore a black coat over a chic turtleneck and gave her look a pop of color with some bold berry lipstick

Chic: Paulson wore a black coat over a chic turtleneck and gave her look a pop of color with some bold berry lipstick

Beaming: Paulson was captured beaming in the direction of her girlfriend, who had a beautiful green scarf wrapped around her neck

Beaming: Paulson was captured beaming in the direction of her girlfriend, who had a beautiful green scarf wrapped around her neck

The 53-year-old actress layered up her look with a long, houndstooth coat and slipped her feet into a pair of bright white ballet flats.

Her signature blonde strands were slightly bumped under and parted to one side.

Watts carried her essentials in a red leather purse that coordinated perfectly with her ruby toned lipstick.

Coming off the premiere of the highly-anticipated Sex And The City reboot, Cynthia Nixon oozed confidence in an oversized black peacoat.

On trend: Naomi Watts wowed in a trendy blue velvet blazer and matching trousers for the star-studded event

On trend: Naomi Watts wowed in a trendy blue velvet blazer and matching trousers for the star-studded event

Layered up: The 53-year-old actress layered up her look with a long, houndstooth coat

Layered up: The 53-year-old actress layered up her look with a long, houndstooth coat

Classic footwear: Naomi slipped her feet into a pair of bright white ballet flats

Classic footwear: Naomi slipped her feet into a pair of bright white ballet flats

Classic footwear: Naomi slipped her feet into a pair of bright white ballet flats

Ruby red: Watts carried her essentials in a red leather purse that coordinated perfectly with her ruby toned lipstick

Ruby red: Watts carried her essentials in a red leather purse that coordinated perfectly with her ruby toned lipstick

The 55-year-old actress tied the coat tightly at the waist and wrapped her neck with a cozy cream scarf. 

Jane Krakowski showed off her tanned and toned legs in a plunging black blazer dress with satin lapels.

The 30 Rock star, 53, paired her mini dress with some black stiletto heels and an overcoat that she held in one hand as she posed.

Her blonde hair was swept into a romantic updo and she accessorized with a pair of glitzy earrings.

Talk of the town: Coming off the premiere of the highly-anticipated Sex And The City reboot, Cynthia Nixon oozed confidence in an oversized black peacoat

Talk of the town: Coming off the premiere of the highly-anticipated Sex And The City reboot, Cynthia Nixon oozed confidence in an oversized black peacoat

Cozy: The 55-year-old actress tied the coat tightly at the waist and wrapped her neck with a cozy cream scarf

Cozy: The 55-year-old actress tied the coat tightly at the waist and wrapped her neck with a cozy cream scarf

Mark Ronson and wife Grace Gummer, who tied the knot in September, looked very much in love as they attended opening night with his mother Ann Dexter-Jones. 

Jesse Tyler Ferguson looked ultra stylish in a beige coat and a maroon turtleneck as he arrived with husband Justin Mikita.

The Modern Family star finished off his ensemble with a pair of plaid trousers and some red patent leather shoes.

Leggy lady: Jane Krakowski showed off her tanned and toned legs in a plunging black blazer dress with satin lapels

Leggy lady: Jane Krakowski showed off her tanned and toned legs in a plunging black blazer dress with satin lapels

 Leggy lady: Jane Krakowski showed off her tanned and toned legs in a plunging black blazer dress with satin lapels

Finishing touches: The 30 Rock star, 53, paired her mini dress with some black stiletto heels and an overcoat that she held in one hand as she posed

Finishing touches: The 30 Rock star, 53, paired her mini dress with some black stiletto heels and an overcoat that she held in one hand as she posed

Other attendees included Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr, actor Matthew Broderick, designer Zac Posen, and renown theatre producer Jordan Roth.

Marianne Elliott’s gender-swapped revival of Company was forced to shutdown in March 2020 in wake of the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent lockdown.

It was one of many productions, including the 10 time Tony Award-winning musical Moulin Rouge and the popular stage adaptation of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, that remained in limbo for a year in a half as the virus wreaked havoc on the globe.

Upon the reopening of Broadway in September, Company was one of the lucky few to return to the roster with a preview date set for November 15 and an official opening date scheduled for Thursday, November 9.

Family affair: Mark Ronson and wife Grace Gummer looked very much in love as they attended opening night with his mother Ann Dexter-Jones

Family affair: Mark Ronson and wife Grace Gummer looked very much in love as they attended opening night with his mother Ann Dexter-Jones

Newly weds: Mark and Grace tied the knot in September

Newly weds: Mark and Grace tied the knot in September

Date night: Jesse Tyler Ferguson looked ultra stylish in a beige coat and a maroon turtleneck as he arrived with husband Justin Mikita

Date night: Jesse Tyler Ferguson looked ultra stylish in a beige coat and a maroon turtleneck as he arrived with husband Justin Mikita

Nailed the look: The Modern Family star finished off his ensemble with a pair of plaid trousers and some red patent leather shoes

Nailed the look: The Modern Family star finished off his ensemble with a pair of plaid trousers and some red patent leather shoes

Just 11 days before his passing, Stephen Sondheim – who wrote the music and lyrics for the beloved comedy – attended the musical’s November 15 preview where he was greeted with a standing ovation.

Prior to the start of the show, Company’s leading lady Patti LuPone took to the stage to dedicate the night’s performance to Sondheim.

Company made its original Broadway debut in 1970 at the Alvin Theatre and would go on to snag a record-breaking 14 Tony nominations and six wins. 

Tackling the complexities of commitment, coupledom, and emotional vulnerability, Company is deemed as one of the first modern musicals to revolve around adult themes.

Star-studded: Other attendees included Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr (pictured), actor Matthew Broderick, designer Zac Posen, and renown theatre producer Jordan Roth

Star-studded: Other attendees included Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr (pictured), actor Matthew Broderick, designer Zac Posen, and renown theatre producer Jordan Roth

Big return: Marianne Elliott's gender-swapped revival of Company was forced to shutdown in March 2020 in wake of the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent lockdown; Matthew Broderick pictured

Big return: Marianne Elliott’s gender-swapped revival of Company was forced to shutdown in March 2020 in wake of the coronavirus pandemic and its subsequent lockdown; Matthew Broderick pictured

The musical was just one of the many contributions Sondheim made to the world of theater during the span of his remarkable 50 year career. 

On Friday, November 26, it was revealed that the legendary American composer had suddenly passed away in his Connecticut home the day after celebrating Thanksgiving with friends, as confirmed by his lawyer F. Richard Pappas.

Shortly after the news broke, Company’s director Marianne Elliott published a statement on behalf of the production: ‘We have lost the Shakespeare of musical theatre.’ 

Survived: Upon the reopening of Broadway in September, Company was one of the lucky few to return to the roster with a preview date set for November 15 and an official opening date scheduled for Thursday, November 9; Zac Posen pictured

Survived: Upon the reopening of Broadway in September, Company was one of the lucky few to return to the roster with a preview date set for November 15 and an official opening date scheduled for Thursday, November 9; Zac Posen pictured

Memorable moment: Just 11 days before his passing, Stephen Sondheim - who wrote the music and lyrics for the beloved comedy - attended the musical's November 15 preview where he was greeted with a standing ovation; Zac Posen pictured

Memorable moment: Just 11 days before his passing, Stephen Sondheim – who wrote the music and lyrics for the beloved comedy – attended the musical’s November 15 preview where he was greeted with a standing ovation; Zac Posen pictured

Loss of a legend: On Friday, November 26, it was revealed that the legendary American composer had suddenly passed away in his Connecticut home the day after celebrating Thanksgiving with friends, as confirmed by his lawyer F. Richard Pappas; Jordan Roth pictured

Loss of a legend: On Friday, November 26, it was revealed that the legendary American composer had suddenly passed away in his Connecticut home the day after celebrating Thanksgiving with friends, as confirmed by his lawyer F. Richard Pappas; Jordan Roth pictured

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