Neil Patrick Harris to star in 'Company,' which opens April 7
Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" and Jon Cryer of "Two and a Half Men" are set to open a production of "Company" at the New York Philharmonic on Thursday, April 7.
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 show, which will run until April 9 at Avery Fisher Hall.
"Company rehearsals are exhausting madness," Harris, known for his parts on the shows "How I Met Your Mother" and "Doogie Howser, M.D.," wrote on his Twitter page recently, alongside a photo of him and Colbert grinning.
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 is played by Harris. The actor showcased his singing chops in the musical "Rent," which he also directed in Los Angeles last year. Colbert, known for his satirical and political Comedy Central talk show "The Colbert Report," plays his friend Harry, who has a drinking problem.
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 and a video recording of it shown in movie theaters in June.
"We rehearse till 7 p.m. at night," Cryer told the newspaper. "By 6:15 p.m. it's adventures in deodorant. Nothing lasts that long."
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 on the hit show "Two and a Half Men," which fired Charlie Sheen last month, since its premiere in 2003.
Hendricks is known for her role as the voluptuous Joan Harris on the AMC 1960s-era drama series "Mad Men," which was recently renewed for at least two more seasons. Over the past year, she has also become somewhat of a fashion icon, starring in campaigns for collections by Vivienne Westwood and London Fog.