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Jon Cryer appears in a scene from Two and a Half Men. / Mad Mens Christina Hendricks appears in a scene from the AMC series. - Provided courtesy of CBS / AMC

Christina Hendricks, Jon Cryer join 'Company'

03/22/2011 by Corinne Heller

Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" and Jon Cryer of "Two and a Half Men," the CBS sitcom that fired Charlie Sheen earlier this month, are set to star in a production of "Company" for the New York Philharmonic.

Neil Patrick Harris of the CBS show "How I Met Your Mother," Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert, Anika Noni Rose of the Disney movie "The Princess and the Frog, actress Martha Plimpton and Broadway star Patti LuPone are also part of the production, which will run from April 7 to April 9 at Avery Fisher Hall.

The Tony-winning musical features a score by Stephen Sondheim and tells of the lives of five couples and their friend Robert, the perpetual bachelor, who will be played by Harris. The actor showcased his singing chops in the musical "Rent," which he also directed in Los Angeles last year.

Hendricks, who has no major theater credits under her belt, will portray April, a naive flight attendant, while Cryer will play David, Robert's "pot-puffing chum," the New York Times reported. The production will be semi-staged, it added.

Hendricks is known for her role as the voluptuous Joan Harris on the AMC 1960s-era drama series "Mad Men." Over the past year, she has also become somewhat of a fashion icon, starring in campaigns for collections by Vivienne Westwood and London Fog.

Cryer, whose parents were stage actors, starred in the Broadway play "Brighton Beach Memoirs" in the 1980s. He famously played Duckie, the "friend-zoned" guy pal of Molly Ringwald's character in the 1986 movie "Pretty in Pink." He has also starred opposite Sheen on the hit show "Two and a Half Men" since its premiere in 2003.

The program halted production last month following Sheen's stint in rehab and insulting comments he made about the series' show runners. Sheen was fired from the sitcom on March 7 and has since then filed a $100 million lawsuit, claiming he was wrongfully terminated.

Sheen had slammed Cryer after production was halted, calling him a "troll" and claiming that he did not reach out to him via telephone. He later apologized for his remarks. Cryer responded on Conan O'Brien's talk show, joking that he was in fact a "troll."

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