2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG-13
Original Broadway Version (1984)
Inspired by George Seurat's famous painting, this poetic masterpiece explores the challenges in understanding life and art.
Inspired by the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat,Sunday In The Park With George, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's stunning masterpiece merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. One of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, this moving study of the enigmatic painter Georges Seurat won a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for an astounding 10 TONY Awards including Best Musical.
The days leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat is struggling to make meaningful art and maintaining a relationship with his lover Dot. Amid the scorn of the artistic community, Seurat's artistic ability thrives while his love diminishes. A century later, Seurat's descendant - named George and also an artist - finds himself burnt out and in search of what artistic path to follow, but he finds the answer to his future in the past.
An ensemble of strong singing actors performs this challenging and heartbreaking work about our need to connect to the past, present and future. Sunday In The Park With George features two coveted starring roles made famous by the Broadway performances of Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. The show may be staged simply as in its original workshop production or with the grandeur of Seurat's masterpiece.
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Mary Martin and Robert Preston starred in the original broadway production of I Do! I Do! Their “straight play” counterparts in The Fourposter had been real life married couple Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn.