The Top Ten Musicals Captured Live on Stage

By Ben Rimalower
21 Sep 2013

Raúl Esparza
Photo by Paul Kolnik

6. Company

Yet another Sondheim musical to make this list, Company was unfortunately not filmed in Hal Prince's watershed 1970 original production. Thankfully, some of the performances from that cast are partially viewable in D.A. Pennebaker's essential 1970 documentary, "Company: Original Cast Album." Also, as I mentioned, there is Lonny Price's exciting 2011 New York Philharmonic concert with a luxuriously all-star cast led by the practically perfect Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby and incendiary Patti LuPone as Joanne. Price also directed the cameras on John Doyle's Tony-winning 2007 revival, featuring Doyle's trademark use of the actors as musicians in place of a separate orchestra. This concept is surprisingly effective in Company, exploiting the notion that the eclectic sounds of the score illustrate the energy of New York City as a central theme of the piece.