Sunday In The Park With George Opens On Broadway
The New York City Center production of Sunday In The Park With George, which transferred to Broadway this spring following critical acclaim, officially opens tonight.
Sunday In The Park With George officially opens tonight following a preview period which began at February 11th at Broadway’s newest and oldest house, The Hudson Theatre (Pictured Right). The production which began as a benefit for New York City Center last fall, transferred to Broadway this spring for a strictly limited engagement of 10 weeks only. The musical, which features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, was inspired by the painting “A Sunday Afternoon On The Island Of La Grande Jatte”. This is the second revival of Sunday In The Park with the latest in 2008 presented by Roundabout Theatre Company. The original Broadway production debuted at The Booth Theatre in 1984 running for just over 600 performances. Originally, it was announced a revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This would reopen the theatre but was postponed making Sunday the first theatrical production to play The Hudson since 1968.
Helming the revival of Sunday In The Park is Jake Gyllenhaal as George and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford as Dot/Marie. Joining Gyllenhall and Ashford are Tony Award winners Robert Sean Leonard as Jules/Bob and Ruthie Ann Miles as Frieda/Betty as well as Tony Award nominees Brooks Ashmanskas as Mr./Charles, Phillip Boykin as Boatman/Lee, Penny Fuller as Old Lady/Blair and Michael McElroy as ensemble. The rest of the cast includes Jenni Barber as Celeste #2/Elaine, Mattea Marie Conforti as Louise, Erin Davie as Yvonne/Naomi, Ashley Park as Celeste #1/Waitress, Jennifer Sanchez as Nurse, David Turner as Franz/Dennis, MaryAnn Hu as ensemble, Claybourne Elder as Soldier/Alex, Liz McCartney as Mrs./Harriet, Jordan Gelber as Louis/Billy, Max Chernin as ensemble and Jaime Rosenstein as ensemble. Rounding out the company are swings Julie Foldesi and Andrew Kober.
Sunday In The Park Withe George returns to Broadway directed by Sarna Lapine with Ann Yee providing musical staging. Chris Fenwick is musical director. The rest of the creative team includes Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt as scenic designer, Tal Yarden as projection designer, Tony Award winner Clint Ramos as costume designer, Tony Award winner Ken Billington as lighting design and Tony Award nominee Kai-Harada as sound designer. Christopher Ash is co-projection designer, Cookie Jordan is hair and wig designer with Joe Dulude II as make-up designer.
LUNER LOWDOWN: I couldn’t be more thrilled this revival of Sunday In The Park With George transferred to Broadway this season following its critical acclaim last season at City Center. Sunday In The Park is such an incredible piece of theatre as it uses the context of creating a painting to examine how we create art, how that art is perceived by others and how that art survives beyond our lifetime. These are questions and topics any of us who consider ourselves artists have asked whether we’re decades into our careers or just beginning them. This piece of theatre is so important. It’s also rather symbolic this show will reopen The Hudson Theatre, Broadway’s 41st house, bringing a new life back into the theater that begins with a blank canvas (That George apparently paints on). I hope you find a chance to experience this show before it concludes its run. I know I will.
Sunday In The Park With George plays Broadway’s newest theatre, The Hudson, through April 23rd, 2017 only! Don’t miss your chance to experience this exciting revival of a true masterpiece about art and its lifespan after our time now back on Broadway.