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inspiredlife ([personal profile] inspiredlife) wrote2011-06-20 09:51 am

In which IL flails about things most people don't care about

Yesterday I headed to the neighbourhood cinema to see the recording of the NY Philharmonic's staged production of Company. There are a lot of musicals that I love but Company is up there at the top of the list. I would estimate that I've seen it at least forty times. If you add in the numbers of times I've worked the show, that number easily doubles.

This was one of the most amazing productions of Company I've ever seen. The cast was utterly brilliant. The supporting line-up was full of talent; Katie Finneran, Craig Bierko and Martha Plimpton were particularly engaging. I wasn't sure what I was expecting from Stephen Colbert but he gave an understated, spot-on performance and really pulled off one of my favourite songs, Sorry-Grateful. I have to admit, I was distracted a bit by Christina Hendrick's boobs but her take on April was great. 

But Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby? Oh, he blew me away completely and made me fall in love with him a little bit. Also Patti LuPone's Ladies Who Lunch left me in tears. So very different from Elaine Stritch's now famous rendition but just as compelling. After that song, I pretty much cried through the rest of the production and then left the theatre honest to god shaking. Company tends to touch me deeply; there's a lot in the show that resonates with me. But this was...indescribable. When I left the cinema I texted Mish "oh. my. fucking. god." That's still sums it up perfectly, imo. 

I seriously considered going to NY to see the production live but the expense plus time constraints made it near impossible. My wallet thanks me but fuck, I wish I could have seen this stunning performance in person. It's going to stay with me for a long time.  

Basically...
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Today's song of the day is Marry Me a Little from Company. It's Rupert Young's rendition from the 2011 production at the Southwark Playhouse. Another great production with an excellent take on Bobby by Rupert. 

In other news, today is also an awesome day because it's Ms. [livejournal.com profile] kaalee's birthday! Happy, happy dear heart. I hope that you have an absolutely fantastic day and that the year ahead is full of fabulous things! <3

[identity profile] girl-in-prague.livejournal.com 2011-06-20 02:14 pm (UTC)(link)
*wiggles toes happily*

I want to move into this post.

[identity profile] inspiredlife.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 01:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Heee. You're welcome to! ♥

[identity profile] kaalee.livejournal.com 2011-06-20 09:16 pm (UTC)(link)
thank you!!! :)

[identity profile] inspiredlife.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 01:56 pm (UTC)(link)
You're welcome, sweets! Hope you had a great day. Good luck with the last day of school as well!!

[identity profile] tipgardner.livejournal.com 2011-06-20 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I love that pic. And I have to say, my chances with NPH (and Bob Mould for that matter) are better than yours. I think I should do something about that fact! :)

[identity profile] inspiredlife.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 01:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Isn't that pic awesome?

And, tbh, I don't want a chance with NPH. In part because I think he and his partner are adorable together but mostly because I just want to be his bff or summat. But I did fall in love a bit with his Bobby. That being said, you should get on it...and then invite me over! :)

[identity profile] girl-in-prague.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 04:15 pm (UTC)(link)
and take pictures. lots and lots of pictures.

we might not actively want to sleep with NPH but lad is not exactly hard on the eyes, is he?

[identity profile] snottygrrl.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 04:38 am (UTC)(link)
you may have seen that i chose the parade (it was a shorter walk on my painful legs and didn't cost $18. 'sides i'm praying that this version of company will show up on netflix ::crosses everything::

thanks heaps for rupert singing ♥

[identity profile] snottygrrl.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 04:39 am (UTC)(link)
oh, oh, i forgot to say i got the book today! i'm so excited to read it.

thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou ♥ ♥ ♥

[identity profile] inspiredlife.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 02:00 pm (UTC)(link)
oh, yay! i'm glad it's arrived and that it looks interesting to you. enjoy! ♥!!

[identity profile] inspiredlife.livejournal.com 2011-06-21 02:00 pm (UTC)(link)
i did see that and this reminds me that i wanted to go back to look at your snaps. i really hope that it does show up on netflix because I'd love to watch it. repeatedly. i recently re-watched the raul esparza recording which is already on netflix. it's quite good.

you're most welcome!