Thursday, June 16, 2011

Company ... WOW!

Cristina Hendricks and Neil Patrick Harris in Company. Wow.

Cristina Hendricks and Neil Patrick Harris in Company. Wow.

Went out of curiosity, not my favorite show, but Wow. Sondheim's genius is hard to match and this cast of popular people knocked it out of the park. Stephen Colbert? Who knew. Patti Lupone and "Ladies that Lunch" was a showstopper.

Seeing NPH in bed with Hendricks and her Dolly Partonesque attributes was a tad ironic. But Harris played the part with perfection. The casual, amused observer transformed to "Being Alive" with seemingly effortless aplomb and belted out the ballad as skillfully as any Broadway baby.

The comedic timing was perfect, not a word George Furth's book or Sondheim's lyrics was wasted.

Here's the scoop on this production from Wikipedia:

2011 New York Philharmonic Concert

In April 2011, Lonny Price directed a staged concert production,[18] with Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby, Stephen Colbert as Harry, Craig Bierko as Peter, Jon Cryer as David, Katie Finneran as Amy, Christina Hendricks as April, Aaron Lazar as Paul, Jill Paice as Susan, Martha Plimpton as Sarah, Anika Noni Rose as Marta, Jennifer Laura Thompson as Jenny, Jim Walton as Larry, Chryssie Whitehead as Kathy, and Patti LuPone as Joanne. Paul Gemignani conducted a 35-piece orchestra, which uses the original orchestrations from the first Broadway production. This concert follows a long tradition of Stephen Sondheim concert productions at the New York Philharmonic, including Sweeney Todd and Passion.[19][20] A filmed presentation of the concert debuted in select movie theatres June 15, 2011.[21] The cast of the production gathered again for a live performance at the 2011 Tony Awards, hosted by Harris, on June 12, 2011.[22]

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