In his New York Times review, Frank Rich wrote, "Look closely at that canvas -- or at Sunday in the Park itself -- and you'll get lost in a sea of floating dots. Stand back and you'll see that this evening's two theater artists, Mr. Sondheim and Mr. Lapine, have woven all those imaginative possibilities into a finished picture with a startling new glow."
The production received 10 Tony nominations but won just two, for lighting and scenic design; La Cage aux Folles was the big winner at the 1984 Tony Awards. In 1985 Sunday in the Park with George became the sixth musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.