City Hall will host a conversation with James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim about Sunday in the Park with George. It will take place on August 3 at 7 pm Eastern Time. The virtual event will be hosted by Christine Baransky. She played the role of Clarissa in the production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical drama writer Horizon Studios.

The story

The discussion was to celebrate Lapine’s new history memoir and put it together. How Stephen Sondheim and I created Sunday in the park with George. This book contains a treasure trove of new interviews with stars such as Sondheim, Baransky, Mandy Patinkin, and Bernadette Peters. And records two years of creation. Tickets for live broadcasts of City Hall events start at $25. International prices are $45 and $60, respectively. View links and copies of books provided by Strand Bookstore.

Sunday in the Park With George

Sunday in the Park With George is a musical, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapin. It was inspired by the painting “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette”. A masterpiece by the French pointillist George Seurat. The plot revolves around George, a fictional version of Seurat. He is immersed in his own masterpiece, and his great-grandson (also called George) is an ambivalent and cynical contemporary artist. The Broadway show opened in 1984.

Accolades

The musical won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and two Tony Awards for Design (and nominated for Best Musical). As well as numerous theater stage awards. It has undergone several major renaissances, including the work exhibited at the Menil Chocolate Factory for the first time in the UK in 2005-06. As well as the subsequent Broadway transfer in 2008, and the Broadway revival in 2017.

Previews

The musical began previews at the Booth Theatre on Broadway on April 2, 1984. The show officially opened on May 2, 1984. The performance was “frozen” only a few days before the opening. The cast included Tony Straights set design, Patricia Zipprodt, and Ann Hould-Ward costume design, Richard Nelson lighting, Bran Ferren special effects.

Sunday in the Park With George on Broadway

It opened on Broadway on Sunday, with mixed reactions to criticism. “New York Times” drama critic Frank Ritchie wrote: “I do know… Mr. Sondheim and Mr. Lapin have created a bold, unforgettable work, and in a very personal way. It’s touching. Even if it fails—as it does sometimes—”Sunday in the Park” is laying the groundwork for the upcoming, more lasting theater innovation”. But it will eventually lose money; it closed on October 13, 1985, after 604 performances and 35 rehearsals.

On May 15, 1994, the original cast of Sunday in the Park with George returned to Broadway for a tenth-anniversary concert, which was also a benefit for “Friends in Deed”.

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Credit featured image: theguardian.com

Credits: theatermania.com; Sunday in the Park with George official website