Radio France to Broadcast Paris Staging of Sunday in the Park With George, Featuring Julian Ovenden and 46-Piece Orchestra
By Adam Hetrick
Radio France has announced plans to broadcast a live performance of the Théâtre du Châtelet production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park With George, which is currently playing its Paris premiere.
Lee Blakeley helms the musical about the life of painter George Seurat, which began previews April 15 and runs through April 25. Radio France will live broadcast the final performance, which features 46 members of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
David Charles Abell, who conducted the French premieres of Sweeney Todd (Théâtre du Châtelet) and Follies (Opéra de Toulon), is the musical director. This production features new orchestrations for a 46-piece orchestra by original Broadway orchestrator Michael Starobin.
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 is presented in English with French subtitles.
Julian Ovenden portrays 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. Sophie-Louise Dann (Lend Me a Tenor, Jolson) is cast as Dot/Marie.
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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