"Two and a Half Men" Star Jon Cryer Will Be Part of Philharmonic's Company; Katie Finneran Joins Cast
By Andrew Gans
With the fate of CBS' "Two and a Half Men" in question, it looks like actor Jon Cryer will be returning to the stage. Cryer, who made his Broadway debut in Brighton Beach Memoirs, will play the role of David in the cast of the New York Philharmonic's upcoming production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical Company, according to a New York Philharmonic spokesperson.
New additions to the cast also include 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).
As previously reported, Neil Patrick Harris will play perennial bachelor Bobby with Stephen Colbert (as Harry), Tony and Olivier winner Patti LuPone (as Joanne), Martha Plimpton (as Sarah), Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (as Marta) and Jim Walton (as Larry).
Lonny Price will direct and produce Company, which will be presented April 7-9. Paul Gemignani will conduct the famed orchestra; the concerts will feature 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.
Single tickets for these performances start at $65. 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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