“Company” starring Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone & more in theaters today!
SPECIAL EVENT: This is really special. Back in April, an all-star cast joined the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center for four concert performances of the classic Stephen Sondheim musical Company.
Well, those of us who didn’t see it will get the chance beginning today because Screenvision is bringing Company to digital theaters across the country Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday. (Details can be found at companyonscreen.com.)
The musical is about a 35-year-old bachelor named Bobby (played by Neil Patrick Harris) and the “good and crazy people” who are his married friends. The all-star cast includes Patti LuPone (pictured above) who sings the boozy show-stopping Ladies Who Lunch number, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose and Aaron Lazar.
“I think it’s a better performance in the movie theater,” Neil tells USA Today. “I knew when we performed that there were cameras filming close-ups, so I wasn’t going to give a larger performance to reach the back row, because that could seem grotesque on film. There’s a lot of subtlety in the performances.”
Though Harris, who hosted Broadway’s Tony Awards on Sunday, is a stage veteran with several Sondheim shows to his credit, he concedes, “I didn’t know much about Company before it came my way, except for a few of the classic songs.”
He had to learn the rest quickly: “We only had about eight days to rehearse.”
Here is the film’s trailer: