Company Concert, With Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone, to Be Released on DVD This Fall
By Adam Hetrick
Image Entertainment will release the film of the New York Philharmonic concert staging of Company, starring Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris and Tony and Olivier winner Patti LuPone, on DVD and Blu-ray this fall.
Director Lonny Price, who staged the starry concerts, told Playbill.com that a November release is expected, though an official date has not been finalized.
The April 7-9, 2011, concerts at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center featured Emmy winner Harris ("How I Met Your Mother," Assassins) as Bobby, with Tony and Olivier Award winner LuPone (Gypsy, Evita, Master Class) as Joanne. LuPone's performance of "Ladies Who Lunch" was a stand-out in the concerts and the film, which was screened in cinemas in June 2011.
The cast also featured Martha Plimpton (as Sarah), Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (as Marta), Stephen Colbert (Harry), 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).
Also featured were Alexa Green, Fred Inkley, Rob Lorey, Jessica Vosk, Callie Carter, Ariana DeBose, Sean Ewing, Ashley Fitzgerald, Lorin Latarro and Lee Wilkins.
Company has a Tony Award-winning score by Stephen Sondheim and a Tony-winning book by George Furth. Paul Gemignani conducted the Philharmonic, which played Jonathan Tunick's original orchestrations.
Price's Philharmonic staging of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Leonard Bernstein's Candide are both available on DVD for home viewing.
Popular standouts in the score include "Being Alive," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Another Hundred People," "You Could Drive A Person Crazy" and the title song.
Here's how the Philharmonic billed the concert: "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."
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