Julian Ovenden and Sophie-Louise Dann Will Spend a Sunday in the Park in Paris
By Adam Hetrick
Julian Ovenden, who appeared in the world premiere of the new musical Finding Neverland last fall, will star in the Théâtre du Châtelet production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park With George.
Lee Blakeley will helm the Paris production of the musical about the life of painter George Seurat, which will run April 15-25. The musical, which brings to life the creation of Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte during its first act, is set in both Paris and New York. The production will be presented in English with French subtitles.
Ovenden will portray Seurat. He also appeared in the Off-Broadway staging of Death Takes a Holiday. In September he originated the role of J.M. Barrie in the West End-aimed musical Finding Neverland by Scott Frankel, Michael Korie and Allan Knee.
The cast will also feature Sophie-Louise Dann (Lend Me a Tenor, Jolson) as Dot/Marie, Rebecca de Pont Davies as Old Lady/Elaine, David Curry as Solider/Redmond, Beverly Klein as Yvonne/Blair, Rebecca Bottone as Celeste 1/Betty, Francesca Jackson as Celeste 2/Billy, Nicholas Garrett as Boatman/Dennis, Damian Thantrey as Franz/Randolph, Jessica Walker as Nurse/Harriet, Jonathan Gunthorpe as Louis/Alex and Christine Buffle as Frieda/Noemie.
The creative team will also include scenic designer William Dudley and costume designer Adrian Linford. David Charles Abell will musical direct with choreography by Lorena Randi.
Sunday in the Park with George originally opened at Broadway's Booth Theatre on May 2, 1984, where it ran for 540 performances. Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters starred.
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