Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George Opens in West End May 23

News   Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George Opens in West End May 23
 
The acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production of Sunday in the Park with George opens May 23 at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Previews started May 13.

The transfer sees Jenna Russell (previously starring in Michael Grandage’s production of Guys and Dolls) take over from Anna Jane Casey as Dot. Daniel Evans reprises his performance in the title role.

The revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1984 musical opened at the Chocolate Factory in November 2005 and is the first London production since the musical’s U.K. premiere at the National Theatre in 1990.

The Chocolate Factory’s co-producer and artistic director David Babani told Playbill.com that he hopes the West End transfer will lead to Broadway. Asked if it was fair to say that Broadway beckons for his production, Babani said that that would be a fair comment.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning show is based on the pointillist masterpiece "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by post-impressionist painter Georges Seurat.

This latest production, directed by Sam Buntrock, features an abridged second act and animation by projection designer Timothy Bird. In the show, the cutting-edge technology brings Seurat’s work to life, allowing the figures in the painting to move around David Farley’s white-walled set. Bird and Farely recently received the Critics’ Circle’s Best Design Award for their work.

Co-producer David Babani told Playbill.com that both Sondheim and Lapine have complimented the production.

Sunday in the Park with George is presented in the West End by Broadway producer Boyett Ostar, David Babani & Danielle Tarento for Chocolate Factory Productions, Caro Newling for Neal Street Productions and Mark Rubinstein. The team has been supported by Cameron Mackintosh, the new owner of Wyndham’s Theatre.

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