Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Stephen Sondheim's "Company" Heads to the Big Screen, Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen ColbertStephen Sondheim's Company, as performed by the New York Philharmonic and a star-studded cast led by recent Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris and featuring Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Patti LuPone, and Martha Plimpton, will be shown in movie theaters across North America today, with encore screenings to follow on Thursday, Sunday, and next Tuesday, June 21. This production of Sondheim's 1970 classic took place at Lincoln Center in New York City over four nights in April. You can watch a preview of the film below. For more on the New York Philharmonic production and to find out where Company is playing in a movie theater near you, visit nyphil.org.
Nonesuch Records released the cast recording of the most recent Broadway revival of Company in 2007, which won both the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Variety called director John Doyle's reimagining "striking, revelatory, and thoroughly compelling." The New York Times said star Raúl Esparza gives the piece "the most compelling center it has probably ever had." To pick up a copy of the cast recording of the 2006-07 production, head to the Nonesuch Store, where orders include high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the entire album at checkout.
Stephen Colbert, one of the stars of the New York Philharmonic production, was the guest on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross yesterday to discuss his performance and this week's screenings.
"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed hearing you and seeing you in Company at Lincoln Center," Gross tells Colbert, "to see you singing Sondheim and to see you dancing in a little chorus line with a hat and a cane. I mean, it doesn't get better."
The episode also includes a clip of Stephen Sondheim's appearance on The Colbert Report earlier this year, during the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music (the cast recording of which was released on Nonesuch). In the segment, Colbert offers his guest an alternative ending verse to his play's classic tune "Send in the Clowns."
Says Colbert: "The canon of Stephen Sondheim is devastatingly beautiful to me, and I was so thrilled to have him on the show."
You can listen to Stephen Colbert's interview on Fresh Air at npr.org.
Watch a preview of the new Company film here: