Opened: April 7, 2011
Book by: George Furth
Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
New York Philharmonic Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Martha Plimpton, Anika Noni Rose, Jim Walton, Jon Cryer, Craig Bierko, Katie Finneran, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Lazar, Jill Paice, Jennifer Laura Thompson, Chryssie Whitehead, Stephen Colbert, Alexa Green, Fred Inkley, Rob Lorey, Jessica Vosk, Callie Carter, Ariana DeBose, Sean Ewing, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Lorin Latarro & Lee Wilkins
Featuring an all-star cast, Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical is at its best in this concert production.
Bobby (Neil Patrick Harris) is turning 35 and his wacky group of married friends come out to celebrate. All of the couples try to push Bobby into a relationship as he juggles three girlfriends.
The musical is portrayed in many vignettes that don’t follow any order, but it’s great to see each story unfold and affect Bobby in strong ways. By the end of the show, you see the emotional change that he goes through.
Stealing the show, Katie Finneran – as a nervous bride – and Patti LuPone – as Bobby’s older and wiser friend – give incredible performances. When you finish the show, “Getting Married Today” and “The Ladies Who Lunch” will remain with you.
Final say: Friends can be great company. ★★★★★