The New York Philharmonic’s star-studded concert production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s breakthrough Tony Award-winning 1970 musical “Company” begins limited showings in movie theaters across the country Wednesday, June 15 featuring Muse Machine alumna Jill Paice of Beavercreek as Susan.
Sondheim and Furth’s dated yet comical, thought-provoking and vignette-driven account of seemingly content bachelor Bobby (Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris) and his close knit circle of “good and crazy” married friends was filmed live April 7-9 at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall under the direction of Lonny Price. Along with Paice and Harris, the impressive, promising cast consists of Tony winner Patti LuPone as the boozy Joanne, Emmy winner Stephen Colbert as Harry, Emmy and Tony nominee Martha Plimpton as Sarah, Emmy winner Jon Cryer as David, Tony nominee Jennifer Laura Thompson as Jenny, Tony winner Katie Finnernan as Amy, Tony nominee Craig Bierko as Peter, Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks as April, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose as Marta, Jim Walton as Larry, Aaron Lazar as Paul and Chryssie Whitehead as Kathy.
Sondheim’s fantastic score, one of his crowning achievements, includes “Another Hundred People,” “Barcelona,” “Being Alive,” “Company,” “Getting Married Today,” “The Little Things You Do Together,” “Side by Side by Side,” “Someone Is Waiting,” “Sorry-Grateful,” “You Could Drive A Person Crazy” and the signature standout “The Ladies Who Lunch,” which should be an amazing highlight as sung by LuPone. The concert notably features Jonathan Tunick’s splendid original orchestrations.In addition, Paice will soon star in the off-Broadway world premiere of “Death Takes a Holiday,” a musical adaptation of the Alberto Casella play of the same name from Tony-winning librettist Thomas Meehan (“Annie,” “The Producers,” “Hairspray”) and Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated composer Maury Yeston (“Nine,” “Titanic”). Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes (“Doubt”), “Death Takes a Holiday,” memorably remade in 1998 as “Meet Joe Black,” begins previews at New York’s Laura Pels Theatre Friday, June 10 in advance of an opening Thursday, July 21. Paice’s New York credits include the Broadway productions of “The Woman in White,” “Curtains” and “The 39 Steps.”
At present, “Company” is scheduled to be screened locally Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 19 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Rave Motion Pictures The Greene 14, 4489 Glengarry Dr., Beavercreek. You can catch a sneak peek of the cast when they reunite to perform Sunday, June 12 at the 65th annual Tony Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS at 8 p.m. hosted by Harris.
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