Monday, June 20, 2011


Hope everybody had a great Father’s Day. The Kid spent the afternoon with a pal, while The Wife took me to UltraStar Cinema in Scottsdale to see a special video presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, with the New York Philharmonic & a cast of celebrities: Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby, the sweet-natured single New York guy with a bunch of wacky married friends, played by the likes of Patti LuPone, Jon Cryer, Stephen Colbert, Jim Walton, Martha Plimpton, Craig Bierko & others, as well as Christina Hendricks & Anika Noni Rose among Bobby’s girlfriends.

It was a fine staging of a classic score. Everyone acquitted themselves well, but the surprises were Colbert & Plimpton, both of whom sang surprisingly well, LuPone, who let it rip with “The Ladies Who Lunch,” & Katie Finneran, who delivered a splendidly panicked rendition of “Getting Married Today.” Harris, who last weekend hit a grand slam with his hosting duties on the Tony Awards, was just about as good here—he’s grown up into a true, old-school showman.


  1. This isn't my cup of tea at all, but I was curious about it. At Harkins Theaters, they played the preview in front of every single movie. How was the image quality? My guess was that it was digital projection. How did it look?

  2. It did appear to be digital video, & for the first two or three minutes it seemed out of focus to me, but then either my eyes adjusted to it or somebody adjusted the focus, & it was fine, just like watching TV on a really really big screen TV set.