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Sunday In The Park With George

by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Hudson Theater
Directed by Sarna Lapine
Costumes by Clint Ramos, Lighting by Ken Billington, Projections by Tal Yarden & Christopher Ash
2017
Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford
Jake Gyllenhaal, Phillip Boykin, Jamie Rosenstein, David Turner, Ruthie Ann Miles, Maryann Hu, Michael McElroy, Max Chernin, Claybourne Elder, Jennifer Sanchez, Penny Fuller, Mattea Marie Conforti, Erin Davie, Jordan Gelber, Ashley Park, Jenni Barber, Brooks Ashmanskas, Liz McCartney, Robert Sean Leonard and Annaleigh Ashford.
Jake Gyllenhaal 
Company
Jake Gyllenhaal and company

"Designed by Beowulf Boritt (set) and Clint Ramos (costumes) — with essential contributions by Tal Yarden and Christopher Ash (projections) and Ken Billington (lighting) — this “Sunday” retains the frills-free elegance of a concert presentation. The excellent orchestra remains onstage, concealed for much of the performance by a scrim, on which images of Seurat’s worldview materialize."   ~Ben Brantley, New York Times

"Director Sarna Lapine and designer Beowulf Boritt have certainly recreated the look of Seurat’s work, particularly his masterpiece, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” (with help from Clint Ramos’s costumes and Tal Yarden’s video projections)."   ~Max McGuinness, Financial Times

“The inventive staging reflects both the form and feeling of Seurat’s artistic style. In concert with Beowulf Boritt’s set designs, Tal Yarden’s projections first deconstruct and then re-assemble “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”.  ~Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“Beowulf Boritt’s set keeps the Encores! onstage orchestra, hidden by a draped cloth onto which Tal Yarden’s projections recreate the evolution of the painting.”  ~Linda Winer, Newsday

“We leap forward a century for the second act: Seurat's illegitimate great-grandson, named George is an experimental sculptor presenting his seventh "chromolume," which is essentially a big, expensive electric light show, the kind one might see at EPCOT (this most extravagant of design elements is a legitimately impressive collaboration of set designer Beowulf Boritt, lighting designer Ken Billington, and sound designer Kai Harada).”  Zachary Stewart, Theatremania

“This "Sunday in the Park" is staged with an orchestra on stage behind a projectable canvas — a conceit that allows the music to flow through the paintings and even for you to catch the swing of the conductor's arm on occasion.”  ~Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune


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