The transfer will see Jenna Russell — currently starring in Michael Grandage’s production of Guys and Dolls — take over for Anna Jane Casey as Dot, the role created on Broadway by Bernadette Peters. Daniel Evans will reprise his performance in the title role.
The revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1984 musical opened at the Chocolate Factory Nov. 30, 2005, and is the first London production since the musical’s U.K. premiere at the National Theatre in 1990.
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 and expressed no reservations about the cuts.
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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