Stephen Colbert starred in Stephen Sondheim's “Company" (with Martha Plimpton and Neil Patrick-Harris). On Fresh Air today Colbert explains how Sondheim sent him a letter asking him if he would be in the production:
[He said that] against his instincts, he had a good time on my show [The Colbert Report] and would I consider playing Harry in Company? And he ended the letter with the sentence ‘You have a perfect voice for musical theater.’ And I read it to my wife and she said, ‘Boy, you have to do this. No one, let alone Stephen Sondheim is going to ask you to do Sondheim.’ And I said, ‘You’re right, I have to do it.’
You can watch Colbert in Company tonight on PBS Great Performances
I’ve been reading a lot about 60s/70s films for class. I just read this really long chapter on The Graduate, and a lot of the analysis reminded me of Company.
a) Bill Martinak was right, the more you know, the more you will find funny in the world (/the more references you will get and understand and layer into the complexity of the piece at hand)
b) I identify with this stupid sense of alienation way, way, way more than is healthy, and it kind of scares me that Company might be my favorite musical
c) JESUS CHRIST the cast of this revival was glorious and I can’t believe I’ve never watched it all the way through but I think I’m going to purchase the dvd.
d) I have two midterms that are not at all on this subject so, this sucks, because all I want to do is wallow in my alienation. Bummmmmmer.