(Sheldy) We missed the live concert and subsequent cinema screenings of Lonny Price's NY Philharmonic staging of COMPANY over 12 months ago so we leapt at the chance to see a single afternoon showing at the historic Ziegfeld Theatre today. I'd heard mixed reports from mates who had sat in on the dress rehearsal so really wasn't prepared for the emotional rollercoaster we found ourselves on. The 1970 original Broadway cast recording is one of the greatest show albums of all time and one of my happiest theatrical experiences was playing Paul in the Sydney Theatre Company production in 1986 but this latest version will certainly prove hard to beat.
The casting across the board was nigh on perfect with especially notable performances from Martha Plimpton and Stephen Colbert as Sarah & Harry and Jennifer Laura Thompson & Jon Cryer as Jenny and David. Neil Patrick Harris was very funny as an amiably sexy Robert.
And, of course, Patti LuPone lands "Ladies Who Lunch" with full force but without becoming the screaming harpy that seems to be the popular interpretation of late. Jim Walton is also very touching as her patient husband Larry. We hear the concert will be released on dvd later in the year. A shame not to see it on the big screen but still a definitive version for the collection.