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Stephen Sondheim's Company New York Philharmonic

Academic journal article Notes

Stephen Sondheim's Company New York Philharmonic

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Stephen Sondheim's Company New York Philharmonic. DVD. Paul Gemignani / New York Philharmonic. Directed by Lonny Price. With Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, and Patti LuPone. Chatsworth, CA: Image Entertainment, 2012. ID8282EKDVD. $19.99.

This concert performance of Sondheim's Company at Lincoln Center on April 7-9, 2011, was filmed for Fathom Events and then released on DVD on November 13, 2012. While this may not be the definitive version of the musical, especially for those who saw the 2007 Broadway performance with Raul Esparza, it is ideal for those Sondheim buffs who long to see Neil Patrick Harris's interpretation of the character of Bobby, or who are curious about some of the stunt casting (Stephen Colbert and Jon Cryer: funny actors with serviceable voices only; Christina Hendricks: wonderful in every way).

Lonny Price's expertly-directed production made interesting and inventive use of the space, including some amusing bits in which actors broke the fourth (second?) wall to interact with the conductor Paul Gemignani behind them. The actors were wheeled around on couches to suggest different social configurations, and Neil Patrick Harris's bachelor easy chair of the opening scene was symbolically transformed by the end of the concert to a loveseat for two, ready for a partner.

Martha Plimpton and Colbert had great theater chemistry as a bickering married couple, and there were a number of standout performances. …

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