Sondheim's COMPANY @ NY Philharmonic in 2007

MargoChanning
Broadway Legend
joined:4/5/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
4/5/04
From Playbill.com:

New York Philharmonic to Present Semi-Staged Performances of Sondheim's Company

The 2006-2007 season at the New York Philharmonic will include semi-staged performances of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's award-winning musical Company.

The 1970 Tony-winning Best Musical will be presented March 7-10, 2007, at Avery Fisher Hall. Lonny Price will direct, and Paul Gemignani will conduct the famed orchestra. Company follows the Philharmonic's acclaimed presentations of two other Sondheim musicals: Follies in 1985 and Sweeney Todd in 2000.

No casting has been announced.



http://www.playbill.com/news/article/97831.html
"What a story........ everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end." -- Birdie [http://margochanning.broadwayworld.com/] "The Devil Be Hittin' Me" -- Whitney
Updated On: 2/8/06 at 04:08 PM
BroadwayChica Profile PhotoBroadwayChica Profile Photo
BroadwayChica
Broadway Legend
joined:1/20/06
Broadway Legend
joined:
1/20/06
Great news!!!!!! Wow!! What would be the dream cast for this show? mmm...
Updated On: 2/8/06 at 04:10 PM
Michael Bennett Profile PhotoMichael Bennett Profile Photo
Michael Bennett
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/16/05
AlanScott over on TalkinBroadway.com has the fun idea of using "real" theatre couples as the marrieds:

Judy Kaye and David Green
Michelle Pawk and John Dossett
Carolee Carmello and Greg Edelmann
Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley
Sherie Rene Scott and Kurt Deutsch

Since Lonny Price is directing, I guess the consensus is that LuPone will probably play Joanne.

Should be a fun evening, though I guess this production will pretty much supercede any kind of transfer of John Doyle's COMPANY - I was hoping we'd get that, at least for a limited run at B.A.M.
Updated On: 2/8/06 at 04:15 PM
BobbyBubby Profile PhotoBobbyBubby Profile Photo
BobbyBubby
Broadway Legend
joined:11/23/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
11/23/04
Patti will be a great Joanne. I can't imagine it wouldn't be her. Can we expect Cerveris as Bobby? Audra as Amy?
Michael Bennett Profile PhotoMichael Bennett Profile Photo
Michael Bennett
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/16/05
I doubt Audra will be in it. Cerveris is probably a likely candidate for Bobby, though it would be fun if they went for a bigger name like Hugh Jackman.
WOSQ
Broadway Legend
joined:7/18/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/18/03
Hugh Jackman as Bobby is a good choice.

Bobby is a tricky role. He is withholding yet warm, distant and friendly, charming, sexy, sensitive, yet there has to be something visibly missing. For all that is there (or ought to be there) there is a missing link or two.

What is it about this man that he is the best friend of all these couples? The women all love him and the men all want to be him. That's something that we need to see.

Tricky.
"If my life weren't funny, it would just be true. And that would be unacceptable." --Carrie Fisher
Scottie310
Stand-by
joined:5/24/04
Stand-by
joined:
5/24/04
This should be incredible. Does anyone know how much tickets will cost? Or when they will be available. I would love to go see this and one of the performances is on my birthday, so it would be a fun way to celebrate.

I love the idea of Patti as Joanne, but I don't see Michael as Bobby at all. Hugh Jackman would be fun though. I really want to see Raul do it too. I would love to see Carolee as Marla (is that her name? The one who sings Another Hundred People). I'm not sure if she's too old or not, but she would sound incredible singing that song.
Michael Bennett Profile PhotoMichael Bennett Profile Photo
Michael Bennett
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/16/05
"Marta" -- and yeah Carolee is probably too old, but it's a concert version so it doesn't really matter. I always wanted to hear Andrea McArdle sing it.
RuprechtJr.
Featured Actor
joined:6/22/05
Featured Actor
joined:
6/22/05
I think (and don't throw stones) that Elaine Stritch should reprise the role. What do you think?
Michael Bennett Profile PhotoMichael Bennett Profile Photo
Michael Bennett
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/16/05
I don't really think Strich needs to reprise her role. She still performs "Ladies Who Lunch" all the time, and they already had an OBC reunion concert.
Updated On: 2/8/06 at 05:54 PM
BroadwayGirl107 Profile PhotoBroadwayGirl107 Profile Photo
BroadwayGirl107
Broadway Legend
joined:8/26/03
Broadway Legend
joined:
8/26/03
YAY.
"This country, this experiment, America, this hubris: what a lament if no one saw it go. Here today, gone tomorrow. Dissipation is actually much worse than cataclysm."--August: Osage County
Chrysanthemum62001
Broadway Legend
joined:2/14/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
2/14/04
Wow. This is so exciting. Company with Raul this year, and then Company with the Philharmonic next year!

Michael would be *perfect* for Bobby. Oh please, oh please, oh please let this happen. Of course, do you think it's likely that Raul would reprise his role?

"What a mystery this world. One day you love them and the next day you want to kill them a thousand times over." The Masked Bandit in THE FALL
RentBoy86
Broadway Legend
joined:2/15/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
2/15/05
Good idea. Maybe it will get recorded. Although, I guess Doyle's Company won't be making the leap. If it did, I think NYC audiences would overdose on Company.
Bluewatergables
Chorus Member
joined:2/3/06
Chorus Member
joined:
2/3/06
No offense to anyone here, but I am personally over Audra..I feel she is very one note. Sorry bout the pun.
C is for Company
Broadway Legend
joined:7/16/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/16/05
"Ah sir! Happy news indeed!"
sweetestsiren Profile Photosweetestsiren Profile Photo
sweetestsiren
Broadway Legend
joined:10/31/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
10/31/05
Is it possible that if Esparza impresses as Bobby in Doyle's production and it doesn't transfer, he'd be a candidate for the role in this one?
Rathnait62 Profile PhotoRathnait62 Profile Photo
Rathnait62
Broadway Legend
joined:6/3/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/3/04
I wouldn't see this if it starred Judy Garland, John Raitt, Ethel Merman, Gwen Verdon, Laurence Olivier and robbiej.

I. hate. this. show.
Have I ever shown you my Shattered Dreams box? It's in my Disappointment Closet. - Marge Simpson
Updated On: 2/8/06 at 07:44 PM
Michael Bennett Profile PhotoMichael Bennett Profile Photo
Michael Bennett
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
3/16/05
The only production that is going to star that line up Rath, is when they stage it at WIGSTOCK...
FoscasBohemianDream
Broadway Star
joined:1/20/06
Broadway Star
joined:
1/20/06
Company is one of Sondheim's most brilliant shows in my opinion. People haven't learned to digest it 30+ years after it opened. The book is mediocre at times, very sitcom-ish, but the score is truly flawless, showstopper after showstopper, and the material is so deep. I don't like the idea of LuPone playing Joanne at all, I think she'd be totally miscast. Judy Kaye would make a great Joanne, actually. This is exciting news, I won't be able to go to see Doyle's production, but next year I'll sure head to the city and watch one of my favorite shows.
Rathnait62 Profile PhotoRathnait62 Profile Photo
Rathnait62
Broadway Legend
joined:6/3/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/3/04
The score is what I can't stand about it. Except for Ladies Who Lunch. Those hammer-you-over-the-head type songs do not go down well with me.
Have I ever shown you my Shattered Dreams box? It's in my Disappointment Closet. - Marge Simpson
C is for Company
Broadway Legend
joined:7/16/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
7/16/05
I find the music beautiful and as you can see from my name, it is a personally adored one in my book. I also don't like the idea of Patti anywhere near this.
BobbyBubby Profile PhotoBobbyBubby Profile Photo
BobbyBubby
Broadway Legend
joined:11/23/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
11/23/04
Company is pure genius.
Roninjoey Profile PhotoRoninjoey Profile Photo
Roninjoey
Broadway Legend
joined:9/27/05
Broadway Legend
joined:
9/27/05
Rath, do you mean the entire score aside from "Being Alive"? Like, hammer you over the head with morals and didactic points?

Gwen Verdon would make a great Bobby though, I agree.

PS Audra? Audra McDonald? One note? ?!?!?!!

I think I'd kill myself listening to Hugh Jackman play Bobby. He's the male Patti LuPone. "Be-eeng ALAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE. BEEEEE-EEEENG ALAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE!" You do realise his vibrato disturbs wind patterns and causes tsunamis and hurricanes, don't you?
yr ronin,
joey
Chrysanthemum62001
Broadway Legend
joined:2/14/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
2/14/04
Wait, for a second I thought you were talking about Raul's vibrato!
"What a mystery this world. One day you love them and the next day you want to kill them a thousand times over." The Masked Bandit in THE FALL
Rathnait62 Profile PhotoRathnait62 Profile Photo
Rathnait62
Broadway Legend
joined:6/3/04
Broadway Legend
joined:
6/3/04
Sorry, of course I love Being Alive.

It's the Bobby Babys, Another 100 Peoples, and Barcelonas and their ilk that make me want to gouge my eyes out with a fork.
Have I ever shown you my Shattered Dreams box? It's in my Disappointment Closet. - Marge Simpson