The casting of the upcoming Kennedy Center production of Sunday in the Park with George, part of the much-in-the-news Sondheim Celebration, is nearly complete. Joining the already announced Raúl Esparza (George), Melissa Errico (Dot), Florence Lacey (Yvonne), Donna Migliaccio (Nurse and Mrs.), Jason Gilbert (Franz), Tracy Lynn Olivera (Celeste I), Sherri Edelen (Celeste II), Michel Forrest (Boatman) and Bob McDonald (Louis) are Cris Groenendaal as Jules, Michael Forrest as a Boatman, Amy Williams as Frieda, Matthew Shepard as a Soldier, Daniel Felton as a Man with bicycle, Mary Jane Raleigh as a Woman with baby carriage and Harry Winter as Mr. Only a few minor roles are left to be cast for the musical, which begins performances on May 31. The Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine work originally opened at Broadway's Booth Theatre on 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 in the Park received ten Tony Award nominations, winning two—Scenic Designer (Tony Straiges) and Lighting Designer (Richard Nelson). It was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
Eric Schaeffer — who will also helm the Kennedy Center Passion — directs Sunday in the Park with George, one of the six Sondheim musicals being offered this spring and summer. The other five titles: Company, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, Passion and A Little Night Music. Tickets for Sunday in the Park range from $29-$79 and can be purchased by calling (800) 444-1324. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located in Washington, D.C., at 2700 F. Street. For more information, go to www.kennedy-center.org.