PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Twan Baker is Back!" The Young Sondheim Veteran Shares a Two-Show Day at Signature's Sunday in the Park With George

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02 Sep 2014

Tiny dynamo Twan Baker first burst onto the scene in three regional productions of Into the Woods. With the help of stage parents Hunter Foster, Jen Cody and Brynn O'Malley, Baker has since been a regular on the Broadway stage. A known womanizer, diva and lush, the rising star is also a consummate professional and is currently keeping his Sondheim muscle strong performing in Signature Theatre's Sunday in the Park With George. Baker graciously agreed to let Playbill trail him on a recent day on the job!

Twan Baker's credits include the Weston Playhouse's Pregnancy Pact and the Broadway productions of Annie and Bridges of Madison County. Broadway audiences may expect to see him back on the boards this fall in Honeymoon in Vegas.



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Mom-ager Brynn doing damage control at intermission. Word of Twan and Clay’s fight got back to Talent House, the agency that refuses to sign Twan until he gets his act together. Meanwhile, Twan rehydrates at intermission. Brynn, Hunter and Jen Cody (Twan’s stepmother) are trying to use DC as an opportunity to dry him out before he returns to Broadway.
Photo by Brynn O'Malley



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The first production of Signature's 25th anniversary season is directed by Matthew Gardiner; performances will continue through Sept. 21.



Sunday in the Park with George is the perfect start to our 25th anniversary season,” said artistic director Eric Schaeffer in an earlier statement. “In a season that will celebrate the many great artists we have collaborated with over the years, Stephen Sondheim tops the list, with Signature having done 23 productions of his work. It will be wonderful to bring 'La Grande Jatte' into the intimate 276 seat MAX Theatre. It’s the first of many special events to celebrate our 25 years of groundbreaking work and unique connection with Stephen Sondheim.”

Sunday in the Park with George is about the need in all our lives for connection. To connect to one’s surrounding, to the people, and to art,” added director Gardiner. “Through the lens of George Seurat’s 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,' the musical explores the disorder of life and the mediums we use in an attempt to understand it all. It’s about the search for balance and harmony. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s masterpiece left a significant mark on my life as an artist from a very young age, and I feel extremely lucky to give life to their words and music with an incredible group of actors and designers in this new production at Signature Theatre.”

The cast is headed by Claybourne Elder as Georges Seurat/George and Brynn O'Malley as Dot/Marie.

They are joined by Evan Casey (Franz/Lee), Susan Derry (Celeste #1/Photographer), Erin Driscoll (Celeste #2/Elaine), Maria Egler (Nurse/Harriet/Mrs.), Mitchell Hébert (Jules/Bob), Valerie Leonard (Yvonne/Naomi), Joseph Mace (Louis/Billy), Gregory Maheu (Soldier/Alex), Dan Manning (Mr./Charles), Donna Migliaccio (Old Lady/Blair), Angela Miller (Frieda/Betty), Paul Scanlan (Boatman/Dennis) and 11-year-old Sadie Rose Herman (Louise) and 9-year-old Lucy Alexa Herman (Bather/Ensemble).

The production also has musical direction by Jon Kalbfleisch, scenic design by Dan Conway, costume design by Frank Labovitz, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Lane Elms, video design by Robbie Hayes and wig design by Samantha Birchett-Hunter. The production stage manager is Kerry Epstein.

Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway in 1984, where it received two Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama followed in 1985. The show has also received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical, numerous Drama Desk Awards and the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical.

For ticket information visit signature-theatre.org.