Annaleigh Ashford Joins Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday in the Park

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Due to ticket demand, two additional performances of the Stephen Sondheim musical have been added.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford
Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford, most recently on Broadway in the revival of Sylvia, will join the previously announced Jake Gyllenhaal for benefit concert performances of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George at New York City Center.

Originally scheduled for October 24, two additional benefit performances have been added for October 25 and 26. The evenings honor Adrienne Arsht.

Gyllenhaal, who was critically acclaimed for his performance in the New York City Center concert staging of the musical Little Shop of Horrors — opposite original stage and screen Audrey, Ellen Greene — will star in the title role of painter Georges Seurat with Ashford (You Can't Take It With You, Kinky Boots) as Dot.

New York City Center members will have access to a presale starting July 18 at noon. Call the Membership Hotline at (212) 763-1206 or visit nycitycenter.org to join the Friends of City Center today starting at the $75 Enthusiast level.

Additional casting will be announced at a later date. Fun Home Tony winner Jeanine Tesori, the outgoing artistic director of Encores! Off-Center, will produce the evening.

The Sondheim-Lapine work opened at Broadway's Booth Theatre May 2, 1984, where it ran for 604 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.

For more information, visit nycitycenter.org.

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