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Writer:
George Furth (book)
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Release Date:
15 March 2014 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
Following five couples and their friend Robert (Neil Patrick Harris), the perpetual bachelor, Company... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ensemble Performing at its Best! See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Neil Patrick Harris ... Robert

Patti LuPone ... Joanne

Martha Plimpton ... Sarah

Anika Noni Rose ... Marta
Jim Walton ... Larry

Jon Cryer ... David

Craig Bierko ... Peter

Katie Finneran ... Amy

Christina Hendricks ... April

Aaron Lazar ... Paul

Jill Paice ... Susan
Jennifer Laura Thompson ... Jenny

Chryssie Whitehead ... Kathy

Stephen Colbert ... Harry
Alexa Green ... The Vocal Minority
Fred Inkley ... The Vocal Minority
Rob Lorey ... The Vocal Minority
Jessica Vosk ... The Vocal Minority
Callie Carter ... Ensemble
Ariana DeBose ... Ensemble
Sean Ewing ... Ensemble
Ashley Blair Fitzgerald ... Ensemble
Lorin Latarro ... Ensemble
Lee Wilkins ... Ensemble
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Gemignani ... Himself - Condcutor
New York Philharmonic ... Themselves - Orchestra

Directed by
Lonny Price 
 
Writing credits
George Furth (book by)

Produced by
Bonnie Comley .... executive producer
Matt Cowart .... producer
Stewart F. Lane .... executive producer (as Stewart Lane)
Lonny Price .... producer
Malin Yhr .... executive producer
 
Film Editing by
Gary Bradley 
 
Casting by
Kate Boka 
 
Art Department
Danielle N. Griffith .... shopper
 
Sound Department
Ken Takeuchi .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric R. Boyer .... tower cam tech
Ted Erne .... remote camera specialist
 
Music Department
Paul Gemignani .... conductor
New York Philharmonic .... orchestra
Stephen Sondheim .... music and lyrics by
Jonathan Tunick .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Kitt Lavoie .... script supervisor
Lonny Price .... directed for stage
Josh Rhodes .... choreographer
Ben Toth .... vocal coach: Los Angeles
Katie Watson .... business representative: SAG
 

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145 min
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This is a film of a staged (off-book) reading of "Company" that was performed four times by the New York Philharmonic on April 7, 8, and 9, 2011 (April 9 had both matinée and evening performances).See more »

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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Ensemble Performing at its Best!, 16 June 2011
Author: lavatch from Twin Cities, Minnesota

According to actor Neil Patrick Harris, the cast of "Company" had slightly more than a week of rehearsal time prior to its short run of performances at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. One of those shows was filmed for release in movie theaters. The small but appreciative audience in one of those screenings in Minnesota was treated to a high-energy interpretation of the Stephen Sondheim musical: ensemble performing at its finest.

The book for "Company" has undergone a thorough rewrite from the original 1970 version, resulting in dialogue more attuned to the new millennium. As the couples interact with the bachelor protagonist Robert, the themes of marriage, divorce, loneliness, and life in the big city emerge in a montage of scenes built around some of most memorable music and lyrics ever written by Sondheim. This production was not "fluff," but a meaningful exploration of love, marriage, and the search for happiness in the stressful modern age.

This production isolated the performers on the forestage of the large Avery Fisher Hall. Supported (but not overwhelmed) by the magnificent New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the cast of "Company" brought the characters to life with a dazzling set of creative choices and physical routines. Many of the bits of business were undoubtedly the ideas of the skillful director Lonny Price. The potentially static horizontal plane was occasionally broken when performers interacted with the orchestra and the conductor, adding to the ensemble effect. For the filmed version, the camera work was superb, especially with close-ups. It was like being on the stage with the actors.

The cast obviously worked tirelessly on subtleties of performance and honesty in the emotional life of their characters. Along with his fine vocal technique, Harris evoked a sensitive character interpretation, and the other performers followed his lead. Every viewer will have a "favorite" performer in this production. It was clear that the live New York audience adored the crusty character of Joanne, as played by Patti LuPone. My favorite was Martha Plimpton's character of Sarah, due to the performer's adroit physical choices in the karate scene and her beautiful singing voice. There was also a "surprise" ending in a special touch that transformed the overall meaning of the musical from the original 1970 version. But there are no spoilers in this review. You will have to seize the moment and experience this unique production for yourself for that ending.

The range of abilities in this talented cast cannot be overstated. Technically, the Sondheim songs are not easy. The effortless vocal interpretations, the challenging choreography, and the depth of feeling in the characters made the $18 cinema ticket price a bargain for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is the kind of company I like to keep.

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