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Showtune Sunday: All about the great Stephen Sondheim musical “Sunday in the Park With George”

Before I left for my cruise to Mexico, I took in the production Sunday in the Park With George that is running at Pasadena Playhouse through March 17. It was one of my most magical nights of theater in recent years and I highly, highly recommend you get tickets to see this wonderful production of a classic musical.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, the original production of the musical starred Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters and won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards for design (and a nomination for Best Musical), numerous Drama Desk Awards, the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production. It has enjoyed several major revivals, including the 2005–06 UK production first presented at the Menier Chocolate Factory, its subsequent 2008 Broadway transfer, and a 2017 Broadway revival starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

The story is this: On a Sunday afternoon on La Grande Jatte, French artist George Seurat is hoping to find the inspiration to create a masterpiece. As the piece comes together, the people come alive; his mother, his friends, his critics, the woman he loves. Stroke by stroke, dot by Dot, will George create something lasting, something new? Recipient of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sunday in the Park with George is a shimmering musical celebration of “the art of making art.”

Here are some numbers from the 1985 and 2017 Broadway productions:


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One Remark

  1. March 7th, 2023 at 12:23 am
    Wayman Wong says:

    I share your love of Sondheim and Lapine’s ”Sunday in the Park With George,” but speaking of Pasadena Playhouse’s production, let’s also applaud its leads, Graham Phillips and Krystina Alabado. I first saw Graham, as a teenager, make his Broadway debut in ”13” (2008), and I’m proud to say he also sang in our 2009 ”Leading Men” benefit concert for Broadway Cares, which included Nick Adams, Jonathan Groff, Norm Lewis and John Tartaglia.

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