PHOTO ARCHIVE: Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company

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The New York Philharmonic's much-anticipated concert production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone, plays April 7-9.

Company originally opened on Broadway in April 1970 and ran for over 700 performances. The cast included Dean Jones, Elaine Stritch, Barbara Barrie, Charles Braswell, Susan Browning, George Coe, Cathy Corkill, John Cunningham, Steve Elmore, Carol Gelfand, Beth Howland, Charles Kimbrough, Merle Louise, Donna McKechnie, Pamela Myers, Teri Ralston, Marilyn Saunders and Dona D. Vaughn. Larry Kert replaced Jones in the role of Bobby early in the run.

The musical garnered 14 Tony Award nominations (the record until The Producers in 2001), winning six, including Best Musical.

Company received Broadway revivals in 1995 and 2006 and has been staged frequently in regional and international theatres.

Playbill.com takes a look back at various productions of the show over the years, with a roster of "Bobbys" that includes Larry Kert, John Barrowman, Boyd Gaines, Norm Lewis and Hugh Panaro.

Set in New York, Company, follows "five married, once-married, and soon-to-be-married couples and their mutual friend," Robert, "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."

Directed by Lonny Price with choreography by Josh Rhodes, the Philharmonic 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 conducts the famed orchestra; the concerts feature the original orchestrations penned by Jonathan Tunick

The New York Times reported April 6 that the production will be filmed for future cinematic release.

Show times are April 7 at 7:30 PM, April 8 at 8 PM and April 9 at 2 PM and 8 PM.

All tickets may be purchased online at nyphil.org or by calling (212) 875-5656. Tickets may also be purchased at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office or the Alice Tully Hall Box Office at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street.

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