Sunday in the Park With George (New York City Center) OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Sara Krulwich
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 24, 2016
    Closing:
    October 26, 2016

    Theater: New York City Center / 130 West 55th Street, New York, NY, 10019

    Synopsis: 

    Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece follows painter Georges Seurat (Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal) in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Consumed by his need to “finish the hat,” Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot (Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford), not realizing that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years. This October, rediscover Sondheim and Lapine’s achingly heartfelt musical about the two things we leave behind: children and art.

    Gala tickets to the October 24 performance, held in honor of business leader and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, will include a post-performance dinner. Funds raised at all four performances will allow City Center to make the performing arts accessible to the widest possible audience by subsidizing affordable tickets throughout the year.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Sunday in the Park With George (New York City Center)

    Jake Gyllenhaal Shines in a Joyous ‘Sunday in the Park With George’

    Ben Brantley

    October 25, 2016: Jake Gyllenhaal, you’ll be delighted to hear, can speak pointillism. Even more to the, uh, point, he can sing pointillism, which isn’t easy at all. It involves concentration and balance and order, not to mention being able to summon all those radiant flecks of color and light. But when Mr. Gyllenhaal intones, “blue, blue, blue, blue,” in a bristling succession of notes, you could swear you hear dabs of paint turning into shimmer. With that moment, we’ve stepped with Mr. Gyllenhaal through the doorway of one man’s vision and into the empyrean summoned by his character, the 19th-century French painter Georges Seurat. It’s going to be a long and happy time before we have to return to our dimmer daily worldviews.

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