Company might have been dismissed as the mere cultural byproduct of a certain privileged New Yorker’s ennui if its examination of relationships—romantic and otherwise—weren’t so searing. The musical took home six Tony awards when it opened on Broadway in 1970, and a steady stream of revivals over the years has bolstered the show’s reputation as one of Stephen Sondheim’s finest. Tonight is E Street Cinema’s last showing of the broadcast, which was originally filmed in April at the New York Philharmonic spring gala. The impressive cast includes musical theater grande dame Patti LuPone and sometimes fake pundit/sometimes actor Stephen Colbert. Mad Men fans: Joan (Christina Hendricks) is in it! Two and a Half Men fans: Your good-hearted lord Jon Cryer is about! Long-suffering Harold and Kumar fans: Neil Patrick Harris is totally up in this piece! The finale’s overtures of people needing people may cloy, but Company’s examination of the value—and cost—of partnership is so well-executed that all’s fair.
The musical shows at 7:30 p.m. at Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $18. (202) 452-7672.