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Company (Stephen Sondheim) [Blu-ray]
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"Company" tells the story of a perpetual bachelor, in this instance played by Harris. With minimalist staging, he is surrounded by five married couples who are at hand to celebrate his thirty-fifth birthday. The couples are at different points in their relationships (from bliss to divorce) and all have an opinion about the lifestyle that the central protagonist has chosen to live. Whether it is envy or mild disapproval, the show features them battling him and one another in a series of mildly comic scenarios. Harris, as might be expected, shows a light touch with the dramatics of the work.Read more ›
The scale of this production, and the staging was simply magnificent. Many forget that this was Company: In Concert because it feels as though it's a full-scale Broadway production. The full orchestration was fantastic, and the talent on stage, sublime: Neil Patrick Harris embodied Bobby perfectly. Patti LuPone's Joanne had me on the edge of my seat- I've always been a fan of her. And the three young ladies playing Bobby's girlfriends (Chryssie Whitehead, Anika Noni Rose, & Cristina Hendricks) were excellent choices: each one played their character beautifully.
Ms. LuPone brought her own to the role of Joanne. Each of her musical numbers brought down the house: during "The Ladies Who Lunch" I forgot I was in a movie theatre and actually gave a standing ovation. NPH's "Being Alive" had me in tears- I couldn't help it, again a standing "o". Anika Noni Rose's "Another Hundred People", amazing; Christina Hendricks' "Barcelona", hauntingly simple; Chryssie Whitehead's nimble pins during "Tick Tock" (cut from most productions) had me moving my own feet. Kate Finneran's "Getting Married Today", funny as always.
If you're looking to add this to your collection, I promise, you won't be disappointed.
Hesitant about seeing it for one reason or another? It can't hurt to give it a chance.
With "Company," Sondheim effectively moved the musical theatre from the "integrated musical" (pioneered by his mentor Oscar Hammerstein II) into the "concept musical." The concept or "theme" of "Company" is the difficulty of maintaining interpersonal relationships in an increasingly depersonalized society. Sondheim writes in his career retrospective "Finishing The Hat", ("Company") "takes place not over a period of time, but in an instant in Robert's mind; perhaps on a psychiatrist's couch, perhaps at the moment when he comes into his apartment on his thirty-fifth birthday." The unattached and seemingly "emotionally unavailable" Robert imagines his surreal birthday party; reviewing his relationships with his "good and crazy" married friends, as well as his relationships with three disparate girlfriends (Chrysse Whitehead, Christina Hendricks and Anika Noni Rose). The "in his head" approach allows Robert's interactions with his married friends to unfold as a series of vignettes, outside of time and space. It also provides for a great amount of theatrical fluidity and versatility. In this cerebral-emotional context, it is quite natural for Bobby's three girlfriends to pop in and sing "You Could Drive A Person Crazy" in the style of the Andrews Sisters; or Bobby and all of his friends to perform a vaudeville-circus routine to "Side By Side-What Would We Do Without You?Read more ›
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Company is one of my favorite musicals and this version is one of the best. The cast is great.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was supposed to be my school's musical, and I watched this just before auditions. This is such a wonderful show, and it's by far the better of the two films out there. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SCOTUS fan
Prior to purchasing this movie through Amazon, I used to fall asleep to the sound of this performance nightly. Addicted, you might call me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this! Absolutely hilarious and surprisingly poignant, perfect casting, all tied together with Sondheim's incomparable musicality and brilliant lyricism.Published 1 month ago by Austin Alexander Thomas
This is a superb revival of a great show - the cast is very strong, and the fact that the music is performed by the NY Phil is a real treat. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RecordGeek
Once again, Lonny Price does a great job staging a Sondheim show for the concert and television audience. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Woody White
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