More Color and Light: Sunday in the Park With George Extends Through June

By Kenneth Jones
07 Apr 2008

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

Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of the Menier Chocolate Factory's Sunday in the Park with George has been extended an additional two weeks, through June 29, at Studio 54.

This marks the third extension of the Roundabout production.

The new Olivier Award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical is directed by Sam Buntrock with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli.

Fans of the show who know the original Broadway production (or regional revivals) have gasped at the technological wizardry of this production, which glows with projections and animation to tell the fictionalized tale of Georges Seurat's passion for his 19th-century masterwork painting (in Act One), and the story of his spiritual heir 100 years later (in Act Two).

The cast includes Daniel Evans (George), Jenna Russell (Dot & Marie), Michael Cumpsty (Jules & Bob), Alexander Gemignani (Boatman & Dennis) and Jessica Molaskey (Yvonne & Naomi), with Mary Beth Peil (Old Lady & Blair).



The cast also includes Ed Dixon (Mr. & Charles), Santino Fontana (Soldier & Alex), Kelsey Fowler (Louise), Jessica Grové (Celeste #2 & Silent Artist), Alison Horowitz (Louise), Stacie Morgain Lewis (Frieda & Betty), Drew McVety (Louis & Billy), Anne L. Nathan (Nurse, Mrs. & Harriet), Brynn O’Malley (Celeste #1), David Turner (Franz & Lee).

Sunday in the Park with George began previews on Jan. 25, and opened officially on Feb. 21. PS Classics preserved the London cast on a recording.

According to Roundabout, "The Georges Seurat painting, 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,' is the inspiration for this compelling musical fantasy which celebrates the art of creation and the creation of art. The first half of Sunday in the Park with George, set in 1884, sees the painting and its rich comic tapestry come to life in a world where, for Georges, art comes before love, before everything. In the second half, set in 1980s New York, we see the great grandson of Georges and his search for inspiration amongst the unfolding world of contemporary art."

Sunday in the Park with George plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2 PM.

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout ticket services at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 box office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices range from $36.25-$121.25.

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Click on www.sundaydots.com to become a part of "CONNECT: The Dot Project." By logging on, fans and friends of the show can easily create their own "dot" which then becomes a part of George Seurat's famous painting.