Company, Starring Neil Patrick Harris and Patti LuPone, Released on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 13
By Adam Hetrick
The New York Philharmonic concert production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert and Katie Finneran, is released on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 13 by Image Entertainment.
Lonny Price staged the April 7-9, 2011, concerts at Avery Fisher Hall that starred 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 included 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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