The Jake Gyllenhaal-Annaleigh Ashford concert version of Sunday in the Park With George is moving to Broadway, co-producers the Ambassador Theatre Group announced.
It will play a strictly limited 10-week engagement, February 11 through April 23, 2017. Opening night will be February 23.
The show will reopen the vintage 1903 Hudson Theatre on West 44th Street, which hasn't been used as a Broadway house since 1968. Click here for a history of the Hudson. Gyllenhaal was originally announced to reopen the theatre with a revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, which was subsequently postponed.
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at Thehudsonbroadway.com or by calling (855) 801-5876.
This version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical about French pointillist painter George Seurat originated as a fundraising concert presented in October at New York City Center. Originally announced as a single concert October 24, the concert wound up adding four more performances owing to strong demand for tickets. The production is directed by Sarna Lapine.
The all-star cast was led by Gyllenhaal as Seurat and Ashford as Dot. There was no immediate word whether any of the other cast members will make the move to Broadway.
“Opening the historic Hudson Theatre with this magnificent show, for me, is about the possibilities—a blank page, the white canvas, a new era for a theater and the great work to come,” said Jeanine Tesori, New York City Center Artistic Advisor and producer of the NYCC concert production. “Together, Jake and Annaleigh broke my heart wide open. I am so happy we will be able to see them on stage again.”
Sunday in the Park with George will be produced on Broadway by Adam Speers for Ambassador Theatre Group, New York City Center, Jeanine Tesori, and Riva Marker.
The creative team included director Sarna Lapine, music director Chris Fenwick, scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, projection designer Wendall K. Harrington, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Ken Billington, sound designer Kai Harada, music coordinator Seymour Red Press, orchestrator Michael Starobin, and production stage manager Peter Lawrence with casting by Carrie Gardner, C.S.A./Stephen Kopel, C.S.A.
Fun Home Tony winner Jeanine Tesori, the outgoing artistic director of Encores! Off-Center, produced the concert.
See Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford in Sunday in the Park
The Sondheim-Lapine work premiered 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. The show was revived on Broadway in 2008, in a Roundabout Theatre Company production that was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Revival of a Musical.
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