Admiring Christina Hendricks


Christina Hendricks Joins Philharmonic’s ‘Company’

The starry cast of Company at the New York Philharmonic just got starrier: Mad Men leading lady Christina Hendricks, Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer and two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran have joined the forthcoming semi-staged production, according to The New York Times. With Neil Patrick Harris in the central role of bachelor Bobby, Company will play April 7-9 at Avery Fisher Hall, directed by Lonny Price and conducted by Paul Gemignani.

Hendricks will play flirtatious flight attendant April, with Cryer (the son of Phantom of the Opera cast member David Cryer and theater composer Gretchen Cryer) as David and Finneran as excitable Amy of “Not Getting Married” fame. Newly added cast members also include Craig Bierko (The Music Man) as Peter, Aaron Lazar (A Little Night Music) as Paul, Jill Paice (Curtains) as Susan, Jennifer Laura Thompson (Lend Me a Tenor) as Jenny and Chryssie Whitehead (A Chorus Line) as Kathy.

Previously announced company members include Patti LuPone as Joanne, Anika Noni Rose as Marta, Martha Plimpton as Sarah, Jim Walton as Larry and Stephen Colbert as Harry.

Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth, Company follows a single, middle-aged New Yorker named Robert as he observes the relationships of his married, engaged and divorced friends. The show first opened on Broadway on April 26, 1970, and earned a Tony Award for Best Musical. A 2006 revival starring Raul Esparza as Bobby took home the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical.

The New York Philharmonic’s staged concerts will feature a 35-piece orchestra performing Jonathan Tunick’s original orchestrations.