Some Enchanted Evenings: The Top Ten Broadway Musical Revivals

By Ben Rimalower
22 Feb 2014

Daniel Evans and Jenna Russell in Sunday...
Photo by Joan Marcus

Sunday in the Park with George directed by Sam Buntrock, 2008

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1984 Sunday in the Park with George is a masterpiece of sensitivity and insight, and it's a godsend that Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters' unmatchable performances in the original production were preserved on video. Also preserved on the same video is the "Chromolume," a 1984 attempt at the technology heavily referenced in the second act. Watching the video now, this looks dated and somewhat diminishes the impact of some of Sondheim and Lapine's most exquisite material. In his revival, Sam Buntrock reversed that damage, using video projection to create a modern stage vocabulary that streamlined the central tech elements and rendered the work both state-of-the-art and classic. Beyond that, Buntrock incorporated this technique into the 19th-century first act, lending the entire show a new integrity and wholeness.