Randy Harrison, the Queer As Folk star who was recently seen in the national tour of Cabaret, will play the title role in the Guthrie Theater's upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George.
Helmed by Artistic Director Joseph Haj, performances are scheduled for June 17–August 20 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.
Harrison, seen on Broadway in Wicked, will be joined by recent In Transit actor Erin Mackey, who will play Seurat’s lover and model, Dot. The two will be joined by Sasha Andreev as Franz/Alex, Christian Bardin as Celeste #2/a Photographer, Cat Brindisi as Celeste #1/Betty, David Darrow as Soldier/Dennis, Emily Gunyou Halaas as Nurse/Mrs./Harriet Pawling, Christine Toy Johnson as Old Lady/Blair Daniels, Benjamin Lohrberg as the Soldier’s Companion, Ann Michels as Yvonne/Naomi Eisen, Justin Lee Miller as Boatman/Lee Randolph, Paul Nakauchi as Jules/Bob Greenberg, Britta Ollmann as Frieda/Elaine, T. Mychael Rambo as Mr./Charles Redmond, and Max Wojtanowicz as Louis/Billy Webster with young actors Maia Hernandez and Natalie Tran sharing the role of Louise/Bather.
Inspired by Seurat’s 1884 painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Sunday in the Park with George merges past and present into a sophisticated exploration of what it takes, and what it costs, to be an artist. George is an obsessive painter who risks it all, including his relationship with his lover Dot, to complete his latest masterpiece. A century later, George’s great-grandson is working as an artist in New York City. In search of inspiration, he soon discovers that the answer to his future is painted clearly in his past.
The production will also have music direction by conductor Mark Hartman, choreography by Christopher Windom, scenic design by Jan Chambers, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Jane Cox, projection design by Caite Hevner, sound design by Elisheba Ittoop, vocal coaching by Jill Walmsley Zager, dramaturgy by Carla Steen, musical contracts by Victor Zupanc, and orchestrations by Greg Theisen. The stage manager is Chris A. Code, the assistant stage manager are Justin Hossle and Jane Heer, and the assistant director is Addie A. Gorlin.
Sunday in the Park with George opened at Broadway's Booth Theatre May 2, 1984. The original production starred Mandy Patinkin as George and Bernadette Peters as Dot, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford headlined the recent Broadway revival.
Visit GuthrieTheater.org for more information.