Film of Company, With Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone, Extends Limited Run in Cinemas

News   Film of Company, With Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone, Extends Limited Run in Cinemas
 
The New York Philharmonic's concert version of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, which arrived in movie theatres nationwide June 15, has extended its limited engagement.

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

Originally scheduled for screenings June 15, 16, 19 and 21, additional show times have been added for June 23-26.

Presented by Ellen M. Krass productions, the New York Philharmonic and Screenvision, the film of the earlier concerts are being broadcast to select AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) movie theatres nationwide. (It was recently announced that the film would play an additional 265 movie screens through National CineMedia's Digital Broadcast Network bringing the total to over 600 movie houses.)

"Musical theatre lovers are in luck if they weren't able to see the New York Philharmonic's production of Company earlier this year in New York," said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom, in a recent statement. "NCM Fathom is bringing the legendary musical to 265 theatres throughout the country so fans can experience Company in their own hometown movie theatre."

"Screenvision is excited to be partnering with Fathom to further expand the distribution of Company to a total of 667 theatres in North America," added Darryl Schaffer, executive vice president, operations and exhibitor relations at Screenvision. "This is a special, limited engagement that brings the very best of Broadway to movie theatres across the country and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this great show from New York."

Tickets for Company are available at participating theatre box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. Tickets are also available by clicking here. 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, has an average ticket price of $18.

Patti LuPone
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Directed by Lonny Price with choreography by Josh Rhodes, the cast also features 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 comprise The Vocal Minority, and ensemble members include Callie Carter, Ariana DeBose, Sean Ewing, Ashley Fitzgerald, Lorin Latarro and Lee Wilkins.

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. 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.

For additional information and ticketing, visit www.companyonscreen.com.

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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