British actors Evans and Russell — who starred as George and Dot, respectively — have been given permission by Actors' Equity Association to appear in the New York run, union spokesperson Maria Somma confirmed to Playbill.com. The agreement is part of the exchange that reportedly allowed Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins and two other American actors to be part of the London production of Caroline, or Change.
Roundabout spokespersons could not confirm any casting at this time.
The Menier Chocolate Factory production of Sunday in the Park with George will begin previews on Broadway Jan. 18, 2008, at Studio 54 with an official opening scheduled for Feb. 14. Sam Buntrock will direct the Roundabout Theatre Company presentation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical. Boyett Ostar will co-produce the New York run with David Babani, who heads the Menier Chocolate Factory, where the revival bowed before moving to the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End.
PS Classics released the London cast album.
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.
Tickets will go on sale in September by phone at (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org. The Studio 54 box office is located in Manhattan at 254 West 54th Street.