In Good ‘Company’: Patti LuPone and Stephen Colbert Join Philharmonic Production

02.08.11
Patti LuPone
New York Times

By DAVE ITZKOFF

When the New York Philharmonic announced in December that it would present a new semi-staged production of “Company” in the spring starring Neil Patrick Harris, it raised the questions of (a) where the peripatetic Mr. Harris finds the time for so many extracurricular activities and (b) what stars would share the stage with him in that Stephen Sondheim musical.

In answer to the first question, we still don’t know. In answer to the second, has the Philharmonic got a few exciting girls and guys for you.

In addition to Mr. Harris, who as the birthday-boy bachelor Robert will be wrapping his vocal cords around songs like “Marry Me a Little” and “Being Alive,” the Philharmonic said on Tuesday that its cast would feature Patti LuPone as the much-married Joanne, who belts out “The Ladies Who Lunch”; Anika Noni Rose as Marta, the girlfriend who sings “Another Hundred People”; and Martha Plimpton as Sarah, a wife with an aptitude for martial arts.

Representing the Y-chromosome set, Jim Walton will play Larry, the conciliatory husband of Joanne. Oh, and playing Harry, the semisober husband of Sarah, is Stephen Colbert, the comedian, television host, art lover and patriot.

The Philharmonic’s performances of “Company” will run from April 7 to 9 at Avery Fisher Hall, and will be directed by Lonny Price and conducted by Paul Gemignani with orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick.

From The New York Philharmonic:

Just announced, joining Neil Patrick Harris will be Stephen Colbert, Patti LuPone, and Martha Plimpton. Anika Noni Rose and Jim Walton round out the cast in what is sure to be a sold-out event.

Winner of the 1971 Tony Award for Best Musical, Company introduces you to Bobby, the perpetual bachelor with three girlfriends and even more commitment issues. Their interactions are presented in a series of vignettes, primarily through Robert’s eyes. When performed by the New York Philharmonic, the show’s many musical highlights (Company, Side by Side by Side, The Ladies Who Lunch, Another Hundred People, Being Alive and so much more) will have never sounded better.

Conducted by Paul Gemignani
Directed by Lonny Price
Produced by Lonny Price and Matt Cowart

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