Tony-Winning Revival of Company to Be Filmed for "Great Performances" Broadcast

News   Tony-Winning Revival of Company to Be Filmed for "Great Performances" Broadcast The June 30 matinee and evening performances of the Tony-winning revival of Company will be filmed for TV broadcast on PBS.

Company, starring Ra
Company, starring Ra Photo by Paul Kolnik

According to a press statement, PBS' "Great Performances" series will team with producer Ellen M. Krass, whose credits include the televised concerts of Follies and Sweeney Todd, to film the two performances of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical.

No air date has been announced.

Company, which stars Raul Esparza as the confused bachelor Bobby, will end its run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre July 1. John Doyle directs.

By the time it closes, Company will have 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.

Esparza, as Bobby, navigating through the emotionally foggy world of his married friends and the women he dates, earned the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor in a Musical and was Tony nommed as Best Actor in a Musical. Mary-Mitchell Campbell won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations (she was musical supervisor/director and orchestrator).

The cast also includes Barbara Walsh as Joanne; Keith Buterbaugh as Harry; Matt Castle as Peter; Robert Cunningham as Paul; Angel Desai as Marta; Kelly Jeanne Grant as Kathy; Kristin Huffman as Sarah; Amy Justman as Susan; Heather Laws as Amy; Leenya Rideout as Jenny; Fred Rose as David; Bruce Sabath as Larry; and Elizabeth Stanley as April.

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