Sunday in the Park with George

sunday-in-the-park-jake-gyllenhaal-broadway-tickets-group-sales-0126Julia Benedict’s review of the New York City Center performance of “Sunday in the Park with George” made me look to see if it would be moved to Broadway — thank you Julia. We saw it last night at the Hudson Theater and were transfixed for two and a half hours as Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford and a superb cast mesmerized us.

What a night!!!

OK, so I’m a Sondheim junkie. OK, so “Sunday” is probably my favorite of his shows. That said, we had no idea how spectacular this performance would be.

Dale gets her best read on a play in the Ladies Room at halftime where the word was surprise that Jake Gyllenhaal could sing and that a star was born. He and Annaleigh Ashford are perfectly matched — you can see the sheer joy on their faces as the night wears on.

Congratulations to Sarna Lapine for figuring out how to handle the Chromolume and for focusing the second act so the audience could concentrate on Sondheim’s words about children and parents. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

This is a limited engagement that ends April 23rd. We’ll be back in New York the first week in April and might see this again.

Doug Anderson

 

2 Responses to “Sunday in the Park with George”

  1. One of the great achievements in musical theater. Strong words? You bet. It’s a brilliant creation, and this production serves it well, indeed. Words and music by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine and inspiration from Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” We’ve seen this Jake Gyllenhaal-Annaleigh Ashford version three times, and it rivals the best of any we’ve been to since the 1984 premiere. Limited run, so get tickets now. Hudson Theater, W. 44th st.

  2. To quote Paul Rudnick, “Without Sondheim, there would still be Broadway, but who’d care?” Two days later, I am still basking in the aura of his brilliance…the original can move gracefully into the present with added layers of meaning…Children and Art…chillingly prescient and welcomed in this arid time. Thank you to the entire team.

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