Blu-ray, DVD Release: Company (2011)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 13, 2012
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Image


Company scene

Neil Patrick Harris leads an all-star cast in the 2011 revival of Company.

First produced in 1970 from a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by the legendary Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story), the musical comedy Company was again mounted in 2011 with an all-star cast and orchestrations by the New York Philharmonic.

The cast of the four-nights-only 2011 revival is led by Neil Patrick Harris (A Very Harold &Kumar Christmas) and also includes Craig Bierko (The Change-Up), Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer (TV’s Two and a Half Men), Christina Hendricks (TV’s Mad Men), Broadway song-and-dance veterans Patti LuPone and Katie Finneran, Martha Plimpton (The Goonies) and Anika Noni Rose (For Colored Girls).

Company’s plot revolves around unable-to-commit bachelor Bobby (Harris), the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends. Unlike most book musicals, which follow a clearly delineated plot, Company is a concept musical composed of short vignettes presented in no particular chronological order, linked by a celebration for Bobby’s 35th birthday.

Some of the more popular songs to emerge from the show include “Another Hundred People,” “You Could Drive A Person Crazy” and the great “Ladies Who Lunch.”

While the original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards (of which it won six), the new version was filmed for theatrical exhibition in some 500 theaters across the nation.

There are no bonus features on the discs.

 

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