Not Sorry - Grateful! (Sondheim's Company)

By leather_bear
Written June 18, 2011
I missed a similar live concert performance of Sweeney Todd 10 years ago by the San Francisco Symphony and after seeing the Company excerpt performed at this year's Tonys, vowed not to let this Sondheim opportunity pass by. The SFS Sweeney Todd is available on DVD, and I hope the producers do the same for this Company so I can watch it whenever I wish. The cast and orchestra were uniformly excellent. Casting openly gay actor Neil Patrick Harris is the lead role of Bobby was an inspired choice that allowed for some amusingly ironic moments during the show (NPH and Patti LuPone are also superb in the Sweeney Todd DVD mentioned above). I saw the June 16 showing at the Century Cinemas in Mountain View, CA, where the HD projection was decent (think 720p, rather than 1080p), and the sound was very good (a bit harsh at the top end, but much better than some recent over-amped movie soundtracks).
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Company was amazing!!

By fayeemma
Written June 20, 2011
Neil Patrick Harris was an awesome Bobby. Colbert was surprisingly great and fit in well. Great production value for filming from a live performance.
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Loved it!

By maggib
Written June 17, 2011
What a treat to get to see/hear a concert that played such a short run in NYC. the orchestra was magnificent and the cast was terrific. And no self respecting Sondheim fan should pass up the opportunity to experience this one.
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Broadway Lives

By Tami5boys
Written June 18, 2011
It was like seeing a live Broadway show. I wanted to stand up and applaud but the audience would have looked at me like I was nuts. This is a fantastic, affordable way to experience Broadway. I would pay more for a ticket to see shows that are currently on Broadway. It didnt make me want to see a live show less, but rather I was ready to go buy my season tickets for Broadway Across America. The camera was awesome at focusing on what I would have focused on in a real performance. You could see everything from a great perspective. As for the play itself, Company was a musical I had seen only once as a child. I was familiar with most of the music. As a married adult, I found the story poignant and timely even though it was clearly from another time. I laughed and I cried. I loved how the sets were minimal and moveable. The all star quality was fun but the Broadway actors were wonderful, too. I must say though when, Christine Hendricks was on, she was mesmerizing.
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By jacsr5
Written June 20, 2011
What a great show! Extremely well-acted and sung. Don't miss it/
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