Lonny Price staged the April 7-9, 2011, concerts at Avery Fisher Hall that starred Emmy winner Harris ("How I Met Your Mother," Assassins) as Bobby, with Tony and Olivier Award winner LuPone (Gypsy, Evita, Master Class) as Joanne. LuPone's performance of "Ladies Who Lunch" was a stand-out in the concerts and the film, which was screened in cinemas in June 2011.
The cast also featured Martha Plimpton (as Sarah), Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (as Marta), Stephen Colbert (Harry), Jim Walton (as Larry), Jon Cryer (as David), Craig Bierko (as Peter), two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran (as Amy), Christina Hendricks (as April), Aaron Lazar (as Paul), Jill Paice (as Susan), Jennifer Laura Thompson (as Jenny) and Chryssie Whitehead (as Kathy).
Price's Philharmonic staging of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Leonard Bernstein's Candide are both available on DVD for home viewing. Popular standouts in the score include "Being Alive," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Another Hundred People," "You Could Drive A Person Crazy" and the title song.
Here's how the Philharmonic billed the concert: "Five married, once-married, and soon-to-be-married couples and their mutual friend, Robert (Mr. Harris), a bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term relationship. The relationships are presented in a series of vignettes, primarily through Robert's eyes."
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