Sunday in the Park opened on Broadway May 2, 1984, at the Booth Theatre. Directed by James Lapine, the musical played 604 performances and 35 previews before closing October 13, 1985. The show was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning two for scenic and lighting design; it also won the Pulitzer Prize.
With music and lyrics by Tony winner Stephen Sondheim and a book by Lapine, the first act of the musical follows painter Georges Seurat in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Consumed by his need to “finish the hat,” Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot, not realizing that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years, which is when Act 2 picks up.
Look Back at Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters in the Original Broadway Production of Sunday in the Park