Don't Drink to That! No Plans to Release Film of Company, With Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone, On DVD

News   Don't Drink to That! No Plans to Release Film of Company, With Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone, On DVD
 
Those hoping to find a copy of The New York Philharmonic's concert version of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company in their holiday stockings will be disappointed to learn that there are no current plans to release the critically acclaimed production, which was filmed and later screened in movie theatres, on DVD.

Neil Patrick Harris in Company.
Neil Patrick Harris in Company. Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

A spokesperson for the New York Philharmonic told Playbill.com, "At this point we don't know of any plans for a DVD of Company."

The production, which co-starred Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris as perennial bachelor Bobby and Tony and Olivier winner Patti LuPone as the cynical, boozy Joanne, played Avery Fisher Hall April 7-9.

Directed by Lonny Price with choreography by Josh Rhodes, the cast also featured Martha Plimpton (as Sarah), Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (as Marta), 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).

Alexa Green, Fred Inkley, Rob Lorey and Jessica Vosk comprised The Vocal Minority, and ensemble members included Callie Carter, Ariana DeBose, Sean Ewing, Ashley Fitzgerald, Lorin Latarro and Lee Wilkins.

Patti LuPone
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Paul Gemignani conducted the famed orchestra; the concerts featured the original orchestrations penned by Jonathan Tunick.  Set in New York, Company, according to press notes, follows "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." The show's songs include "Company," "Side by Side by Side," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Another Hundred People" and "Being Alive."

The original production of Company opened on Broadway at the Alvin (now the Neil Simon) Theatre on April 26, 1970. The musical garnered 14 Tony Award nominations (the record until The Producers in 2001), winning six, including Best Musical.

The recent Broadway revival, which starred the Tony-nominated Raul Esparza as the confused bachelor, ended its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre July 1, 2007. (The production was preserved in a TV version available on home video.) Company played 34 previews and 247 performances. The revival began previews Oct. 29, 2006, and opened on Nov. 29 at the Barrymore on W. 47th Street. It began at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in spring 2006, and commercial producers of Broadway's 2005-06 Sweeney Todd swooped in. This Company won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards for Best Revival of a Musical.

Presented by Ellen M. Krass productions, the New York Philharmonic, NCM Fathom and Screenvision, the film of the concerts were broadcast to over 600 theatres in North America.

Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone in <i>Company</i>.
Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone in Company. Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
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