Jon Cryer Starts 'Twitter War' Over Role of 'Bobby' in COMPANY
In the morning before PBS aired Lincoln Center's COMPANY last night, November 8, Jon Cryer, who starred in the production as 'David', Tweeted to his followers that they should tune in.
Little did he know he would be starting a back-and-forth on who best portrayed the role of 'Bobby' -- Neil Patrick Harris or Raul Esparza -- with actor Josh Charles (The Good Wife).
Check out the conversation below!
Jon Cryer: "PBS is showing Lincoln Center's COMPANY tonight! Your chance to see @ActuallyNPH perform the definitive portrayal of Bobby!"
Jon: "And yes, I know a lot of you feel @RaulEEsparza defines the role. But you are wrong! Let the twitter war begin!"
Josh Charles: "@MrJonCryer @RaulEEsparza @ActuallyNPH Jon, I thought I defined the role but whatever. Everyone sees what they want to believe. Can't wait!"
Jon: "@MrJoshCharles I stand corrected."
Charles: "Thank you Jon. I appreciate you publicly acknowledging that I defined the role. '@MrJonCryer: @MrJoshCharles I stand corrected.'"
Jon: "Of course @RaulEEsparza was astonishing in that production. When he started playing "being alive" it was literally breathtaking"
Jon: "But @ActuallyNPH brings something to it that makes the show work in a way that I'm not sure it ever has before."
Jon: "Watch tonight and yell at me about it later."
Great Performances presented the New York Philharmonic's concert staging of Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical COMPANY with an all-star cast, including: Craig Bierko (as Peter), Stephen Colbert (as Harry), Jon Cryer (as David), Katie Finneran (as Amy), Neil Patrick Harris (as Robert), Christina Hendricks (as April), Adam Lazar (as Paul), Patti LuPone (as Joanne), Jill Paice (as Susan), Martha Plimpton (as Sarah), Anika Noni Rose (as Marta), Jennifer Laura Thompson (as Jenny), Jim Walton (as Larry), and Chryssie Whitehead (as Kathy).
Captured from the stage of Avery Fisher Hall at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the musical aired last night on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.
Sondheim specialist Paul Gemignani conducted Jonathan Tunick's original orchestrations arranged for a 35-piece orchestra. Lonny Price who directed SONDHEIM! The Birthday Concert on Great Performances, directed; Josh Rhodes is the choreographer. Ellen M. Krass produced this concert production for broadcast.
Set in a swinging New York City evocative of the time of the show's 1970 Broadway debut, Company follows perennial bachelor Robert (Harris) on the occasion of his 35 th birthday as his five married couple friends gather to celebrate and offer varying degrees of relationship advice. Their interactions are presented in a series of vignettes, primarily through Robert's eyes. The show's many Sondheim standards include "Company," "Side by Side by Side," "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Another Hundred People," "Barcelona" and "Being Alive." In assessing the performance, Stephen Holden in The New York Times praised "the suave, dynamically subtle contribution of the mighty Philharmonic" as well as "the witty musical staging."
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth, Company first opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on April 26, 1970, produced and directed by Harold Prince. The show ran for 705 performances and received the 1971 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Lyrics, Best Set Design, and Best Direction of a Musical, among 14 nominations. It has returned in various revivals, most recently in 2006 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, with Ral Esparza as Robert, in a production that was also broadcast on Great Performances.