New York Philharmonic Cancels Concert Performances of Company

Classic Arts News   New York Philharmonic Cancels Concert Performances of Company
The New York Philharmonic will not present Stephen Sondheim's musical Company in concert next spring as planned.

According to spokesperson Eric Latzky, The New York Philharmonic has canceled its previously announced semi-staged production of Company, which had been planned for March 7-10, 2007, at Avery Fisher Hall. Lonny Price was scheduled to direct the 1970 Tony-winning Best Musical, and Paul Gemignani was to conduct the famed orchestra. Company would have followed the Philharmonic's acclaimed presentations of two other Sondheim musicals: Follies in 1985 and Sweeney Todd in 2000.

Latzky also told that Company will be replaced by "another musical theater production to be announced sometime this summer."

Although no official reason was announced, it is more than likely the cancellation is due to the upcoming Broadway revival of Company, which will be directed by Sweeney Todd's John Doyle. That production, which recently played an out-of-town engagement at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park, will arrive on Broadway in November at a theatre to be announced. Like the current Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, Company utilizes a cast of actors, who also play the show's score. Raul Esparza will star in the lead role of Bobby.

Originally produced on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre, Company features such classic Sondheim tunes as "The Little Things You Do Together," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Another Hundred People," "Getting Married Today," "Being Alive," and the second-act show-stopper, "The Ladies Who Lunch." The original Broadway production featured Dean Jones, Barbara Barrie, Elaine Stritch, and Beth Howland.

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