Company (DVD 2011) Neil Patrick Harris & Patti LuPone
Composer: Stephen Sondheim
Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim
Also available on Blu-Ray for the same price.
Headlined by Neil Patrick Harris, the show also features the always welcome Patti LuPone. But in addition to these two terrific talents, the cast boasts a number of less likely (but no less recognizable) faces. Craig Bierko, Anika Noni Rose, Katie Finneran, Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), and Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report) are just some of the others on stage. This filmed version of that event was presented in cinemas at a one night only showcase by Fathom Entertainment.
Set firmly in, and often about, New York, COMPANY follows five married, once married, or soon to be married couples and their mutual friend, Robert, a 35 year old bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term relationship. The relationships are presented in a series of vignettes, primarily through Bobby's eyes, so that we see the less than ideal aspects of commitment. However, it is obvious to the audience that the committed are happy. Eventually, Bobby learns that while relationships aren't perfect, they are a necessary part of "Being Alive."