Stephen Sondheim's "Company" at the NY Philharmonic

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Friday, April 08, 2011

In this week's Arts File, Brian Zumhagen speaks with New York Post theater critic Elisabeth Vincentelli about the highs and lows of a new production of Stephen Sondheim's musical Company

For its Spring Gala, the New York Philharmonic chose to put on Sondheim's Company with big name Broadway stars, TV actors, and even comedian Stephen Colbert. Vincentelli weighs in on the performances, the production, and whether this show was the right choice for the New York Philharmonic.

 

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Anika Noni Rose, Christina Hendricks, and Chryssie Whitehead play the three girlfriends of Robert, the central figure of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, performed by the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, April 7, 2011.

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The star-studded cast sings the title song at the close of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, performed by the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, April 7, 2011.

Patti LuPone offers an impassioned rendition of “The Ladies Who Lunch,” in Stephen Sondheim’s Company, performed by the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, conducted by Paul Gemignani, April 7, 2011.

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Martha Plimpton practices her karate chops with Stephen Colbert in their roles as the married couple Sarah and Harry, in Stephen Sondheim’s Company, performed by the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, April 7, 2011.

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The cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, performed with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, April 7, 2011. (top row) Craig Bierko, Jill Paice, (middle row, from left) Christina Hendricks, Anika Noni Rose, Chryssie Whitehead, Jim Walton, Martha Plimpton, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Jon Cryer, (bottom row, from left) Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone, Neil Patrick Harris, Katie Finneran, Aaron Lazar.

Guests:

Elisabeth Vincentelli

Hosted by:

Brian Zumhagen

Produced by:

Daniel P. Tucker

Comments [2]

DuckDeadeye from NYC

This might be OK if it were a theater fund-raiser or a theater/TV group collaboration. A New York Philharmonic Gala? I don't think so.

Apr. 10 2011 12:31 AM
Maureen Tucker

I would go to this kind of show because it is so unique. It would be fun to see these people step into roles without rehearsing together. I am sure that I would not be that critical of the overall flow of the show, but more just there to enjoy the special moments.

Apr. 08 2011 04:49 PM

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