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Mad Men star treats theatregoers to one last tantalizing show

She might be the female sex symbol of the hit TV series, but you never get to see Joan Holloway in her pointy and starched undies.

However, away from the smoke-filled advertising agency offices of Manhattan, actress Christina Hendricks has no problem displaying her famous voluptuous figure in a light cotton chemise, as she had been doing for the past few nights.

But fans rushing down to the Avery Fisher Hall to catch a glimpse of the redheaded beauty in her flimsy cotton nightie will be left disappointed and out of luck - as the curtain finally fell on Miss Hendricks and her skimpy attire.

Voluptuous: Christina Hendricks treats theatregoers to her famous curves in a light cotton chemise as she stars alongside Neil Patrick Harris on the last night of the New York Philharmonic production of Stephen Sondheim's Company

The actress, 35, has been starring alongside a stellar line-up in the New York Philharmonic production of Stephen Sondheim's musical Company.

Christina plays a ditsy and naive airline stewardess called April, who sleeps with the main character, self-confirmed bachelor Robert, played by Neil Patrick Harris.

And in the scene where she goes back to Robert's apartment for a 'night cap', Hendricks strips down to the white chemise, which clings to her curves in all the right places.

I'd better be going: Christina flashes her much-talked about bosom as she reaches for her clothes at the end of the scene

Going so soon? Patrick Harris's character looks pleadingly up at Christina's April as she gets dressed after their sexual encounter

But Saturday saw her do it for the last time, as the musical performed its final night after a short four-night run.

The musical took place at the Avery Fisher Hall, the home of the New York Philharmonic, and part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex.

The musical centres round Robert, who is unable to commit to a serious relationship, let alone marriage, and the five married couples who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends.

A revelation: The critics praised the Mad Men star for her performance and singing ability

Glee and Doogie Howser star Patrick Harris plays Robert and he and Christina were joined by Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer, Martha Plimpton and Patti LuPone.

Interestingly, and in a telling sign of the times, no one of the cast were able to rehearse together because of their busy schedules and had to rely on technology to help them learn their parts.

Patrick Harris learned the music from listening to MP3s and Cryer is believed to have memorised his choreography by watching it on his iPhone.

Short but sweet: The entire cast close the show at the end of its four-night run

Reviews of the show, which was filmed for a special cinema release this summer, were mixed but Christina was praised for her performance.

Stephen Holden from the New York Times said she was the 'discovery' of the production and added: 'While April is a dumbed-down caricature of Joan Harris, her role on Mad Men, Ms. Hendricks reconfigures her as a gushy, hyper-enthusiastic bimbo; her singing was serviceable'

And Jonathan Mandel from the Faster Times said: 'Christina Hendricks was a revelation as the none-too-bright airline stewardess April, one of Robert’s pick-ups. She had both perfect comic timing and a real voice.'

Good luck, baby: Christina is kissed goodbye by husband Geoffrey Arend as she arrived at the theatre and signed autographs for fans

Tags: broadway / theatre, mad men (amc), neil patrick harris
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