I remember seeing Neil Patrick Harris tweet about a musical he was in, that was only showing for 2 performances. The show, Company, was filled with an all-star cast from Stephen Colbert to Jon Cryer to Patti Lupone.
Written by Stephen Sondheim, Company is set in the 70’s, where a bachelor (played by NPH) is consumed by the married lives of all his friends. He’s never alone because he’s always got company among the couples that he hangs out with. He often gets questioned on when he’s going to get married, but when he sees the ups and downs of his friends’ married lives, he’s not sure.
Since the show only played for 2 performances, it was filmed and is being shown across various movie theatres. They do this quite often with operas and orchestras, and this was my first time experiencing “live” musical theatre at a cinema. And it wasn’t bad! Best seat in the house, really! With all the camera angles and being able to see the actors’ facial expressions, it’s quite a nice way to enjoy the show.
Colbert was hilarious in his role, and I was pleasantly surprised as I didn’t know he had the acting/singing/dancing in him! Also nice to see him out of his “Colbert Report” character for once. Jon Cryer seemed to play a similar role to his Two and a Half Men character – though, to be fair, I’m not a big fan of the TV show and don’t know it THAT well. He just seemed like the same kinda guy in both shows. And I know Patti Lupone’s a really big deal in the theatre world, and she was good, but I just couldn’t stand her/her character in this! I guess it’s the mark of a good actress when her portrayal makes you really irritated with the character! Christina Hendricks (from Mad Men) was hilariously delightful as April, the airline stewardess who’s not very bright. And of course, Neil Patrick Harris; a natural on the stage. I felt he had a bit of Barney Stinson in his performance, being the single bachelor, but you can’t keep your eyes off him when he’s in his element. There were even moments where he’s laughing or chuckling, and you wonder if it’s the character laughing at the silly antics of the married couples, or genuine laughter from NPH. (I’d like to think it’s the latter)
Honestly, if you’re a fan of any of these stars and musical theatre, I highly recommend catching it if you see it being screened at your nearby movie theatre. Fantastic fun show with a very talented cast!