O’Hara will play Dot, the role originated on Broadway by Bernadette Peters, in the limited engagement, which begins performances Jan. 31, 2007, at the UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. Jason Alexander will direct the production with musical direction by Gerald Sternbach. Sunday in the Park will officially open Jan. 31 and play through Feb. 11.
No other casting has been announced at this time.
Kelli O'Hara was recently on Broadway in the Tony winning revival of The Pajama Game, earning a Tony nomination for her performance as Babe. She was also Tony-nominated for her work as Clara in The Light in the Piazza. O'Hara's other Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, Follies, Sweet Smell of Success and Dracula, the Musical.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George 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.
An acclaimed London production of Sunday in the Park with George that originated at The Menier Chocolate Factory may arrive on Broadway this season. Tickets for the Reprise! production are available by calling (310) 825-2101. For more information visit www.reprise.org.
The Reprise! Season will conclude with No Strings, May 8 20.