TV: Harris & NY Philharmonic's COMPANY Perform SIDE BY SIDE for the Big Screen
As BroadwayWorld has previously reported, the New York Philharmonic, EMK Productions and Screenvision present Stephen Sondheim's "Company" in movie theatres across the nation. The production was shot in early April as part of the Philharmonic's spring gala. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) lead an all-star cast which included Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Craig Bierko and Martha Plimpton. Through an arrangement with Ellen M. Krass Productions and the New York Philharmonic, Screenvision will bring the special performance recorded live in New York at Lincoln Center's famed Avery Fisher Hall to its North American digital cinema network for a limited number of engagements beginning June 15. Click below to watch the company perform Side By Side for the special screeening!
Company's plot revolves around Bobby (a single man unable to commit fully to a steady relationship, let alone marriage), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. It's a concept musical composed of short vignettes linked by a celebration for Bobby's 35th birthday.
Company marks the latest addition to Screenvision's alternate content strategy, designed to bring events from the worlds of fine arts, sports, children's programming and engaging documentary programming to the movie theater environment. These events are designed to help exhibitor partners maximize attendance during off-peak weeknights, while providing patrons across North America an opportunity to experience captivating programming to which they otherwise would not likely have access.
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth, Company follows five couples and their bachelor friend, Robert (Harris), exploring the true meaning of being in a relationship through a series of vignettes. For additional information and ticketing, visit www.companyonscreen.com.