Thursday, May 5, 2011

All-Star "Company" Headed for a Movie Theater Near You

At least I hope it comes somewhere near me. Within a hundred miles would be lovely. But I'll take 200.

Anyway, this is a filmed version of the New York Philharmonic's all-star production of Stephen Sondheim's "Company." It played for a total of four sold-out performances last month, and this is a chance for the Philharmonic to share the joy with those of us who are not in New York or didn't get our hands on tickets when it was there. You can see information here and sign up for their mailing list to get first notice of where exactly it will be playing in movie theaters starting June 15.

In this production, Neil Patrick Harris played Bobby, the man at the center of the play, the one who can't seem to figure out what it means to be part of a couple, even though all of his friends are married. "Company" has a fabulous score, with "Being Alive," "Marry Me a Little," "Getting Married Today" and "The Ladies Who Lunch" at the top of the list for me.

The Philharmonic cast also included Stephen Colbert and Martha Plimpton as a couple who battle it out with karate moves; Craig Bierko and Jill Paice as the pair who seem like the perfect couple but are headed for a divorce; Jon Cryer and Jennifer Laura Thompson as the non-hipsters who smoke pot with Bobby; Katie Finneran as Amy, the girl with cold feet right before her wedding to Paul, played by Aaron Lazar; Patti Lupone as the Joanne, Bobby's cynical older friend and Jim Walton as her long-suffering husband; and Christina Hendricks, Anika Noni Rose and Chryssie Whitehead as the three different women Bobby is currently driving crazy.

Lonny Price directed and produced this "Company," with long-time Sondheim collaborator Jonathan Tunick doing orchestrations, Josh Rhodes choreographing, and Paul Gemignani conducting the New York Philharmonic symphony orchestra.

1 comment:

  1. Neato! Would love to see this! With you! I love Patti Lupone. Etc.!