Adam Chanler-Berat Will Play George in Huntington Sunday in the Park

News   Adam Chanler-Berat Will Play George in Huntington Sunday in the Park Performances of the Sondheim-Lapine musical will begin in September.
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Initial casting has been announced for the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George, which will open the Boston company's 2016-17 season.

Huntington artistic director Peter DuBois will direct the limited engagement, which will run September 9-October 16 at the Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre.

Adam Chanler-Berat, whose Broadway credits include the title role in Peter and the Starcatcher and Henry in Next to Normal, will star in the title role with Jenni Barber as Dot.

The company will also include Josh Breckenridge as Jules, Aimee Doherty as Yvonne, Bobbie Steinbach as Old Lady, Amy Barker as Nurse, Patrick Varner as Franz, Todd A. Horman as The Boatman, Nick Sulfaro as Louis, Morgan Kirner as Celeste 1, Sarah Oakes Muirhead as Celeste 2, Melody Butiu as Frieda, Drew O’Shanick as Soldier and Jordan McLaughlin is the swing. Complete casting will be announced soon.

The upcoming production will have choreography by Daniel Pelzig, music direction by Eric Stern, scenic design by Derek McLane, costumes by Robert Morgan, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Jon Weston and projection design by Zachary Borovay. The production stage manager is Emily McMullen, and the stage manager is Kevin Schlagle.

The Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine work originally opened at Broadway's Booth Theatre May 2, 1984, where it ran for 540 performances. Starring Mandy Patinkin as George and Bernadette Peters as Dot, the premiere Broadway company also included Barbara Bryne as the Old Lady, Brent Spiner as Franz, Charles Kimbrough as Jules and Dana Ivey as Yvonne. Sondheim's score — which was nominated for a Tony Award — features such titles as “Finishing the Hat,” “Putting It Together,” “Children and Art,” “Move On” and “Beautiful.” Sunday received ten Tony Award nominations, winning two—Scenic Designer (Tony Straiges) and Lighting Designer (Richard Nelson). It was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize. The musical was revived on Broadway in 2008.

The Huntington Theatre Company is committed to a long-term project of staging all 15 musicals for which Sondheim wrote both the music and the lyrics. Sunday in the Park with George is the second musical to be staged in the series, following last fall’s acclaimed production of A Little Night Music. For more information, visit Huntingtontheatre.org.

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