Oh man, we are getting so spoiled with the goodness coming out of the rehearsals for “Company” this week! The New York Times is featuring an article describing how the show is being put together, which as you can imagine is not at all easy when most of your stars already have day jobs. They’ve had to resort to some creative rehearsing options which I find fascinating. But the best part of the article is where they mention that the show will be recorded to be shown in movie theaters in June!
Rehearse Me a Little, Wherever You Are
by David Itzkoff
published April 6, 2011
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This latest version of “Company,” Mr. Sondheim and George Furth’s meditation on modern couplehood as seen through the eyes of a lonely bachelor, has entered into an unusual contract: It has recruited a star-studded roster, including Mr. Harris (of the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”) as the perennially single Robert; television stars like Mr. Colbert, Mr. Cryer, Ms. Plimpton and Christina Hendricks (of “Mad Men”) as his good-and-crazy married friends and gal pals; and Tony winners like Ms. Finneran, Anika Noni Rose and Ms. LuPone as Joanne, the predatory wife who belts out “The Ladies Who Lunch.”
But to accommodate its A-list performers — who, with their multitude of day jobs and existing commitments, will not be all in the same place until Thursday — the production has resorted to a grab bag of strategies, shortcuts and cheats, some old school and others newfangled, to get its far-flung cast up to speed as quickly as possible.
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Starting with two leads who lived on different coasts — each with complicated schedules right up to the start of performances — Mr. Price [director Lonny Price] began making provisions for cast members to learn the show individually.
Turning to Amy Rogers, a former assistant of his who directs Pace’s musical theater-program, he recruited students there to learn the show over the winter; they were then recorded singing the songs and performing the blocking and choreography in audio and video files given to the production’s official cast.
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Mr. Price’s nights will be spent plotting camera angles for the show, which will be filmed in performance and shown in movie theaters in June, and working with a computer program designed to light the show in advance (without the presence of live actors).
I’m getting so excited about this and I can’t wait to see the final result on Friday night. When we get more info on the June showings, of course we’ll pass it along to you. And now, please enjoy some more lovely eye candy from the past weekend’s rehearsals!