Film of Company, With Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone, Will Be Shown in U.K. and Ireland
By Andrew Gans
The New York Philharmonic's April 2011 concert version of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company will arrive in cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland March 15, presented by More2Screen.
The high definition and surround-sound screenings will be followed by a live question-and-answer session with Neil Patrick Harris, who will talk about the enduring appeal of Sondheim’s work, and the experience of playing commitment-shy Robert. The interview with Harris will be conducted live from Los Angeles with live Twitter feed.
Tickets for the screenings will go on sale Feb. 3 by visiting www.sondheimscompany.com.
The production co-starred Emmy winner Harris as perennial bachelor Bobby and Tony and Olivier winner Patti LuPone as the cynical, boozy Joanne.
Directed by Lonny Price with choreography by Josh Rhodes, the cast also featured 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 comprised The Vocal Minority, and ensemble members included Callie Carter, Ariana DeBose, Sean Ewing, Ashley Fitzgerald, Lorin Latarro and Lee Wilkins.
Paul Gemignani conducted the famed orchestra; the concerts featured 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.
A U.S. DVD release is also expected.
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