Martha Plimpton looks like a pug.
Never saw such ugly costumes in my life.
Does NPH know how to do role that doesn't require acting like an annoying asshole?
Thanks. I'll be watching the D.A Pennebaker doc instead.
are Floyd and Nola with them?
My TV listing site shows this as "new", but I know it's been on before. Is this some kind of different packaging? Part of a fundraising drive?
"Martha Plimpton looks like a pug."
It has not been shown on NY's PBS station, perhaps other PBS outlets have shown it. The Blu-ray/dvd has been out for a long time.
Sorry, OD'd on Company (saw the Raul Esparza "reinterpretation" version) and have had the original cast album a million years. I love NPH but am a bit sick of him right now. Too much of a good thing. PASS. Let Bobby figure it all out without me.
Each actor looks like they're in a different world. It makes me appreciate the John Doyle version all the more now.
So is Bobby almost always (Kert, Esparza, Chakiris, Harris) played by a gay actor? The original (Dean Jones) wasn't gay, but it seems like every other major production has had a gay lead.
And NPH cannot sing!
I'm not gay.
I couldn't sing either
Christina Hendricks and Anika Noni Rose were the only good parts of this version.
Neil Patrick Harris can't act.
Hmmmm....I see NPH removed his nipple post for the taping.
I'm not saying NPH can't play straight but I did come away thinking 'wow, Bobby really IS gay.' It was a dreary production and Patti being Patti just isn't cutting it anymore. And how on earth did the actor playing her husband score the bow AFTER hers? Speaking of shtick, between this and Annie are we finally over Katie Finneran? Craig Bierko looked like Stephen Fry and that Jill Paice girl just never makes any kind of impression. How on earth did she end up getting cast as Scarlett in GWTW in London? I was hoping Aaron Lazar would be shirtless in the I'm not getting married scene...or at least a wifebeater.
Bobby is gay. that's his dilemma. So is Pippin. Tevye is probably straight.
[quote]Speaking of shtick, between this and Annie are we finally over Katie Finneran?
Shouldn't that be "between this, Annie, and The Michael J. Fox Show, are we finally over Katie Finneran"?
Craig Bierko = Stephen Fry!!!!
OMG yes. I was trying to figure out who he reminded me of.
R18, you mean Stephen Colbert?
I'm enjoying NPH. I flipped this on, intending to watch something else. But I just kept watching and now will probably finish it. I think he does a great job. He is so natural and makes it look effortless.
I liked the gag where Finneran steals Germigani's conducting stick. That's about all that I liked, but it's something.
Watched this last week on DVD. Why did Craig Bierko keep his eyes closed throughout the scene where they posed as a group at the end of one of the numbers as if for a photo? It's also the shot used on the cover of the DVD. He must have kept 'em shut for at least a minute!
What part did Christina play?
April, the flight attendant
Gosh yes, r20, what would Paul Gemignani have done without his conducting stick.
I adore Martha Plimpton. If was into women, I would be into her.
Pippin is gay, R16? I've never heard that interpretation before.
Hey [r24], get with the flow of the city and unclench.
I actually thought that was Stephen Fry for a minute there. Once you think that, you can't not see it.
Wasn't he spoofing family pictures where one goof always has his eyes closed when the pic is taken?
During that "seduction" scene between Bierko and NPH, I kept thinking if Bierko was as hot as he has been in the past, NPH would be all over it.
I really enjoy this production. Colbert and Plimpton are terrific as a couple who know how to push each others buttons, Hendricks is delightful as April - esp. because most people only think of her as Joan from Mad Men.
Patti is Patti - but when playing Joanne, that all she has to be.
NPH made some interesting decisions - his Bobby is aloof and removed, always looking in at people's lives, but never allowing himself to participate - which is what Joanne points out at the club. If you watch the entire production, You can see how Bobby moves from "Marry Me a Little" to the birthday wish of "Being Alive".
NPH is delightful as Bobby. Love his "Being Alive." I'm not familiar with the play, just the songs as performed on Barbra's THE BROADWAY ALBUM, which, unfortunately, reminds me of the friends who died when that album was new.
Now I'm listening to Patti Lupone's "Ladies Who Lunch." I made it through "and one for Mahler" before switching to Elaine Stritch. She takes it away from Streisand easily. Wonderful.
This was just terrible. Terribly miscast, terribly staged. The actors are all good, but not here. Nope. No way. The mugging, the "See what I can do?" looks at the audience...this Company was dipped in shit and sprinkled with confetti. And goddam Patti again swallows her lyrics. I bailed out after about half an hour, stopping back in every now and then. For all it's problems, the one with Esparza was light years better.
Are Bobby's friends, all those couples, are they supposed to be friends with each other? Because they sure didn't look it.
The ignorance of some posts here are jaw-dropping.
The nastiness of some posts which I think are supposed to be read as clever or witty or Addison DeWitt-like say much more about the poster (and none of that is good) than the production or the performances.
DL really is a sad reflection on gay men who seem to live to be unpleasant.
And no, I'm not new here, I've seen all of this before, but it's always dismaying to read.
R20 the last person who made that mistake was Julia Roberts when she won her Oscar and revealed herself to be the witless dullard we all knew she could be.
The word is baton.
[quote]And NPH cannot sing! by: Raul
Neither can David Hyde Pierce and yet he won The Tony! Ha ha.
[quote]...this Company was dipped in shit and sprinkled with confetti.
You sound like such a delight, as if rainbows shoot out of your ass.
Jesus Christ on a crutch. The fangurls here who take criticism of a musical as a personal attack. We get it. You liked it. Some of us didn't. Now run along, lover. The grown-ups want to talk.
What makes this musical worthy of not one, but TWO TV adaptations? So many other musicals have *never* had the privilege.
Martha Plimpton is my goddess!
R17 there's a Michael J. Fox show? Oh jeez. how did I miss that? Now HE would make an interesting Bobby!
I'm not a big fan of Broadway musicals, but I love the Company cast album. It's one of maybe three or four cast albums I've ever owned.
You have to remember that this was a staged concert version and they probably didn't have 4-5 weeks of rehearsal. I enjoyed it despite it's flaws. Patti always finds laughs and knocked it out of the park with "Ladies"- you could really see that she was singing about herself. Bierko looked insane. Christina was very good and also found the comedy in her ditzy character. Didn't care for Anika. Side By Side was fun. NPH was OK but still looked a little too young for the part. Great to hear the original orchestrations with that great orchestra. B+.
[quote]The actors are all good, but not here. Nope. No way. The mugging, the "See what I can do?" looks at the audience.
Isn't mugging with the "See what I can do?" looks basically what NPH does in everything?
I watched it out of curiosity, because I'd been hearing the Sondheim fangurls talk it up for years.
Hate the play, what a bunch of annoying, self-absorbed, irritating people! No song can make up for their presence. And the actors were playing to the last row, which is very jarring on TV, couldn't the director have told them to take it back a notch?
This show made me want to move to Radio City!
How did Dean Jones get roped into playing Bobby in the Original Broadway Cast? I thought he was a fundamentalist Christian.
R46: I think he left the show before many performances. Too bad.
Dean was going through a painful divorce and the subject matter of Company hit very hard for him to the point he was almost at a breakdown.