|The company of 'Company' (images: *Chris Lee/NY Philharmonic)|
|(image: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)|
This new production of the 1970 musical revolves around Bobby (Harris), a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage, five married couples who are his best friends and his three girlfriends. It's a concept musical composed of short vignettes, presented in no particular order, linked by a celebration for Bobby's 35th birthday. Rounding out the cast are Katie Finneran, Aaron Lazar, Jill Paice, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jim Walton and Chryssie Whitehead. The film was captured live in April 2011 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City and features the New York Philharmonic.
|Martha Plimpton, Stephen Colbert & Neil Patrick Harris*|
None of the actors, some of whom are not known for their singing, embarrass themselves. Though experts and Sondheim fans will likely pick over every minute detail and compare these performances to the original Broadway production or recent revival, this production stands on its own. Using the comic talents of the cast, director Lonny Price has paid attention to the storytelling as much as to the songs themselves. Rather than the production becoming just a staged concert, Price with choreographer Josh Rhodes gives the production movement via the use of couches on wheels.
|Aaron Lazar & Katie Finneran*|
|Anika Noni Rose & Neil Patrick Harris*|
Plimpton and Colbert as one of Bobby's married friends makes the most of a comedy element as a karate-fighting couple. Hendricks is a real surprise nailing down the comedy as Bobby's Pam Am flight attendant girlfriend. Anika Noni Rose as Marta, another of Bobby's girls, has the difficult task in making "Another Hundred People" her own. If her delivery of the song is restrained it is still melodic and she makes every word clear.
|Neil Patrick Harris and Christina Hendricks (image: AP)|
|Neil Patrick Harris, Jon Cryer & Jennifer Laura Thompson|
(image: **Walter McBride/Retna Ltd)
|Chryssie Whitehead, Christina Hendricks &|
Anika Noni Rose**
The original Broadway production was nominated for 14 Tonys winning Best Musical, Book, Score, Lyrics, Set Design and Direction. A 1995 revival played a limited run at the Roundabout Theatre. More recently a 2006 Tony-winning revival starred Tony-nominated Raul Esparza as Bobby. This last production where the actors also played the instruments was filmed for Great Performances on PBS and is available on DVD and Blu-ray.
'Company' was screened at the Kahala Theatre in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 15th at 7:30pm with tickets priced at $18. Additional screenings of 'Company' on June 16, 19 and 21 at select movie theatres nationwide. Advance tickets available at participating theatre box offices and their online ticketing service. Check local listings for exact show times. No announcement has been made if this production will be released on CD or DVD/Blu-ray. More production photos below.
|Christina Hendricks & Neil Patrick Harris*|
|Neil Patrick Harris, center (image: Dario Cantatore/Gerry Images)|
|Christina Hendricks, Anika Noni Rose, &|
|Neil Patrick Harris & Jon Cryer**|
|Neil Patrick Harris**|
|Neil Patrick Harris & Craig Bierko**|
|Neil Patrick Harris, Aaron Lazar &|