Next year the New York Philharmonic will stage concerts of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company with Neil Patrick Harris as Bobby. Lonny Price is directing. No other casting has been announced yet. To go with the announcement, there’s an article about Harris’s casting on the Time Out blog. An extract:
Adam Feldman wrote:
The relevant question raised by this casting is not — pace the absurd uproar earlier this year about Sean Hayes in Promises, Promises — whether an openly gay actor like Harris can play a womanizing character like Bobby…. Rather, the question is whether Bobby can be effectively embodied by an actor who isn’t gay….
To be clear, it’s not a question for me of Bobby, the character, being secretly queer — if his commitment problems with women could be so easily explained, the show would crumble — but rather of the entire show being, in some sense, a product of the closet.
The explication of these points is pretty interesting to read. Thoughts?