Check out this wonderful 20-second vid of the legendary Elaine Stritch dropping in for a surprise visit with the incomparable Patti LuPone backstage at the New York Philharmonic’s concert production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company:
Stritch, as I’m sure we all know, originated the role of Joanne — the acerbic, urban housewife who’ll readily “drink to that.” LuPone played the role in a recent concert production, which starred Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Martha Plimpton, and others.
That concert was filmed, and is being shown in HD at select movie theaters around the country mid-June. I’m seeing it June 19 at the Muvico in Rosemont. (If you’ve never been to Muvico, you’re missing out: $16 VIP tickets get you a comfy reserved seat, valet and popcorn with free refills.)
The NY Phil’s Company joins a handful of live musical productions that have been filmed and released in movie theaters. Others, top-of-mind, include Memphis and Rent.This will be my first exposure to seeing a filming of a live Broadway musical in a movie theatre, and I’m really intrigued by the experience.
So: how do you feel about this relatively new trend of filmed live musicals shown in movie theaters? Take the poll below: