Sunday In The Park On Broadway 2008
This was the official website for the 2008 production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George.
The content is from the site's archived pages and other sources.
THIS PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING love story takes inspiration from painter Georges Seurat's masterpiece, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” bringing the painting's colorful setting and characters to vibrant, comic life. Heading the superb cast are two-time Olivier Award winner Daniel Evans (as George) and Olivier Award winner Jenna Russell (as Dot). With a score by six-time Tony award-winning legend Stephen Sondheim, a book by three-time Tony winner James Lapine and direction by Olivier Award nominee Sam Buntrock, Sunday... celebrates the art of creation and the creation of art.
The new, five-time Olivier Award-winning production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George. A celebration of life, love, art and the spirit of creation, Sunday in the Park with George is a profoundly moving piece of musical theatre history. Don't miss this inventive new production in its highly anticipated American premiere!
January 25 - June 29, 2008
Studio 54, 254 W 54th St, New York City
(Between 7th & 8th Avenues)
PRICING: $36.25 – $121.25
Sunday in the Park with George generated a lot of activity this awards season::
Theatre World Award WINNER
- Jenna Russell
Outer Critics Circle Award WINNERS
- David Farley, Timothy Bird
& The Knifedge
Outstanding Scenic Design
- Ken Billington
Outstanding Lighting Design
Drama Desk Award WINNERS
- Jason Carr
- Timothy Bird & The Knifedge Creative Network
Outstanding Projection & Video Design
Daniel Evans (George) is an Honorary Fellow of the Guildhall School. He has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse and Menier Chocolate Factory, among others, in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, J.M. Barrie, Peter Gill, Caryl Churchill, Christopher Hampton, Sarah Kane and Christopher Shinn and musicals by Bernstein, Wright / Forrest / Yeston and Sondheim. Daniel received Olivier Awards for his performances in Merrily We Roll Along (2001) and Sunday in the Park With George (2007). Television: “The Passion,” “Doctor Who,” “The Virgin Queen,” “Love in a Cold Climate,” “Great Expectations,” “Daniel Deronda,” “To the Ends of the Earth.” Concerts include Barbara Cook's 80th birthday celebration, Sweeney Todd with Bryn Terfel.
Jenna Russell (Dot / Marie). Broadway debut. She has played many leading roles in the West End, most recently Amy in the revival of David Hares Amy's View, directed by Sir Peter Hall; Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park With George (Olivier Award, 2007); and Sarah Brown opposite Ewan McGregor in the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls directed by Michael Grandage (Olivier nom., 2006). Other theatre includes leading roles at the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Donmar Warehouse and Royal Court. Her extensive television credits include “Born and Bred” (four seasons), “On the Up” (three seasons) and was recently killed by a Dalek in “Dr. Who” (all BBC).
Michael Cumpsty (Jules / Bob Greenberg). Broadway: 1776 and The Constant Wife at Roundabout, Democracy, Copenhagen, Enchanted April, 42nd Street, Electra, Racing Demon, The Heiress, Translations, La Bête, Timon of Athens, Artist Descending a Staircase. Off-Broadway: Hamlet (Obie Award), Richard II and Richard III, Timon of Athens, All's Well That Ends Well, Cymbeline, A Winter's Tale, King John, Romeo and Juliet. Royal Shakespeare Company: A Winter's Tale. Film: The Ice Storm, Fatal Instinct, Flags of Our Fathers, The Ex, Starting Out in the Evening.
Alexander Gemignani (Boatman / Dennis). Roundabout: John Hinckley in Assassins (Theatre World Award for outstanding Broadway debut). Additional Broadway: original Jean Valjean in the revival of Les Misérables (Drama League nomination); the Beadle in Sweeney Todd (Drama Desk nomination); Brian in Avenue Q. Sweeney Todd in the 2007 national tour of Sweeney Todd (Toronto and Columbus). Concerts: Sondheim's 75th at the Hollywood Bowl and Wall to Wall Sondheim at Symphony Space. TV/film: Live from Lincoln Center's production of Passion; PBS' production of South Pacific and the film The Producers.
Jessica Molaskey (Yvonne / Naomi / Eisen). Broadway: Parade, Tommy, Dream, Crazy for You, Chess, Les Misérables, Oklahoma!, Cats. Off-Broadway: A Man of No Importance (Lincoln Center), Songs for a New World (WPA Theater), Dream True (Vineyard Theatre), Wise Guys (New York Theatre Workshop). Jessica has made more than a dozen recordings including four solo CDs and has sung in concert halls worldwide. Other solo engagements include the Oak Room (2007 Nightlife Award) and the Cafe Carlyle with husband John Pizzarelli (2008 Nightlife Award). She cohosts a nationally syndicated radio show called “Radio Deluxe.”
Mary Beth Peil (Old Lady / Blair Daniels), seen in Roundabout's Nine (OCC nom.), made her Broadway debut opposite Yul Brynner in The King and I (Tony nom.). An Obie winner, her Off-Broadway credits include the plays of Albee, Guerney, Pinter, Ibsen and Rudnick at the Atlantic, Playwrights Horizons, NY Theatre Workshop, Signature. Recent regional: Arena Stage (33 Variations), Long Wharf (Cocktail Hour), About Face (M. Proust, Thomas Jefferson nomination), Kennedy Center (Sweeney Todd). TV: “Dawson's Creek,” “The Reagans,” “L&O,” “SVU.” Film: Flags of Our Fathers, The Stepford Wives, The Odd Couple II; upcoming: Mirrors.
Ed Dixon (Mr. / Charles Redmond). Broadway: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Best Man, The Iceman Cometh, Les Misérables, Cyrano, The Three Musketeers, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Off-Broadway: Shylock (Drama Desk nomination), The Persians, Here Lies Jenny, Under the Bridge. National tours: Sunset Boulevard, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Pippin. Author/composer: Fanny Hill, Richard Cory, Scenery, Cather County. www.eddixon.biz
Santino Fontana (Bather / Soldier / Alex). Broadway debut. NY theatre: The Fantasticks (original revival cast), Perfect Harmony. Regional: the title role in Hamlet, As You Like It, Death of a Salesman, Six Degrees of Separation, A Christmas Carol (the Guthrie); Hay Fever (Old Globe); Love's Labor's Lost, On the Verge, 9/11 Project (Chautauqua); Most Wanted, NY Is Bleeding (Sundance). Presidential Scholar in the Arts; BFA Guthrie/UMN Actor Training Program.
Kelsey Fowler (Louise). Broadway: Grey Gardens (Lee Bouvier). Film: Made for Each Other (Enola). TV: “The View.” Recording: Grey Gardens CD, The Sound of Music. Industrial: Verizon-FIOS. Workshop/reading: SOM (Marta). Special thanks to God, my amazing family, Doris, Chris Kaufmann, Ed Donau, ACA school staff, Rachel, Ellen, Bonnie at Abrams for your inspiration and guidance as I pursue my dreams!
Jessica Grové (Celeste #2 / A Photographer). Broadway: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy); Les Misérables (Eponine), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Madison Square Garden/nat'l tour (Jefferson nomination). NYC: Bye Bye Birdie (Kim), Anne of Green Gables (Diana). Also, the nat'l tour of The Boy Friend (Polly), dir. Julie Andrews; Laurey in Oklahoma! (Pittsburgh CLO); and the NY premiere of Busker Alley (Libby). www.jessicagrove.com
Alison Horowitz (Louise). Age 11. Broadway debut. Workshop: Shrek: A New Musical (Young Fiona). Numerous community productions including Into the Woods, Bye Bye Birdie, Seussical and O l i v e r . Special thanks to Icon Entertainment, RFKT and Anya Wallach, Abrams Artists, Marci Elyn Schein and this amazing cast and crew. Love to Mom, Dad, Jeff and all my friends and family.
Stacie Morgain Lewis (Frieda / Betty) was most recently seen as Glinda in the Chicago production of Wicked. B'way: Wicked (Glinda standby), Urinetown, Titanic. Off-B'way: Don't Quit Your Night Job. National tours: Titanic, South Pacific. Regional: My Fair Lady; Sarah, Plain and Tall; ...Charlie Brown; A Chorus Line. Film: Elephant Shoes. BFA, Ithaca College. For Vivian Gray and Greta June.
Drew McVety (Bather / Louis / Billy Webster). Broadway: Roundabout's Big River (Special Tony Award), Spamalot, Frozen, Titanic, The Heidi Chronicles. Tours: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cabaret. Off-Broadway: Lone Star Love, Corpus Christi (Drama Desk nomination), This Lime Tree Bower. Television: All the “Law and Orders,” all the New York soaps, “Molly Dodd.” Lucky husband of Nicole Van Giesen. Proud father of Duncan Gray.
Anne L. Nathan (Nurse / Mrs. / Harriet Pawling). Roundabout: Assassins. Broadway: Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ragtime. National tours: Aspects of Love, Les Misérables. Regional: George Street, Barrington Stage, the Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, the Asolo, the Citadel. Film/TV: Baby Mama; King of California; “Dirt”; “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Trial By Jury” and “SVU”; “Veronica Mars”; “What I Like About You”; “Bull,” etc.
Brynn O'Malley (Celeste #1 / Elaine). Broadway: Hairspray (Amber Von Tussle), Beauty and the Beast (Belle u/s). Regional highlights: Avenue Q (Kate Monster/Lucy T. Slut), Wynn Las Vegas; She Loves Me (Amalia, Helen Hayes Award nom.), Arena Stage; Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine), Baltimore Center Stage; Meet Me in St. Louis (Esther), Paper Mill. BFA, U. of Michigan. Proud AEA member.
David Turner (Franz / Lee). Roundabout: The Ritz. B'way: The Invention of Love, In My Life. National tour: Sir Robin in Spamalot (Helen Hayes nom.). Off-B'way: Gutenberg! The Musical!, The Butter and Egg Man (Atlantic), Shakespeare (Abridged) and others. Mr. Turner is an award-winning composer/lyricist and the writer/director of a feature-length film (The Debut) and a documentary about www.ASTEPonline.org.
Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics for Passion (1994), Assassins (1991), Into the Woods (1987), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Merrily We Roll Along (1981), Sweeney Todd (1979), Pacific Overtures (1976), The Frogs (1974), A Little Night Music (1973), Follies (1971; revised in London, 1987), Company (1970), Anyone Can Whistle (1964) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), as well as the lyrics for West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) and additional lyrics for Candide (1973). Side by Side by Sondheim (1976), Marry Me a Little (1981), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow (1983) and Putting It Together (1993/99) are anthologies of his work. He composed the film scores of Stavisky (1974) and Reds (1981) and songs for Dick Tracy (Academy Award, 1990). He also wrote songs for the television production "Evening Primrose" (1966), co-authored, with Anthony Perkins, the film The Last of Sheila (1973) and, with George Furth, the play Getting Away with Murder (1996), and provided incidental music for the plays The Girls of Summer (1956), Invitation to a March (1961) and Twigs (1971). He won Tony Awards for Best Score for a Musical for Passion, Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Follies and Company. All of these shows won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, as did Pacific Overtures and Sunday in the Park with George, the latter also receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Saturday Night (1954), his first professional musical, finally had its New York premiere in 1999 at Second Stage Theatre.
James Lapine (Book) also collaborated with Stephen Sondheim on Into the Woods, Passion, and directed a revised version of Merrily We Roll Along at the La Jolla Playhouse. With William Finn he collaborated on the musicals March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, later presented together on Broadway as Falsettos. He has recently directed Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, currently running on Broadway. He is the author of five plays: Table Settings; Twelve Dreams; Luck, Pluck and Virtue; The Moment When; and Fran’s Bed. On Broadway he has also directed The Diary of Anne Frank, Golden Child by David Henry Hwang and Dirty Blonde by Claudia Shear, Amour by Michel Legrand and Jeremy Sams, as well as the films Impromptu, Life with Mikey, and Earthly Possessions.
Sam Buntrock (Director).As resident assistant director at the Donmar: Juno and the Paycock, Three Days of Rain, Helpless,and The Real Thing (also Albery and Broadway). He directed the first London revival of Assassins (New End), Marcus Brigstocke’s one man shows Get a Life and Help Yourself (Edinburgh and national tour) and Dr. Ox’s Experiment (Hackney Empire). As the fourth member of the comedy trio Club Seals he created the animation for The Club Seals Collection, The Award Winning Show, Live Ghost Hunt (Edinburgh and national tour), DJ Danny, Sins of the Grandfathers, the original stage version of the Museum of Everything and We Are History Award Winning Show, Live Ghost Hunt (Edinburgh and national tour), DJ Danny, Sins of the Grandfathers, the original stage version of the Museum of Everything and We Are History (BBC2). As an animation director he has worked on numerous commercial and corporate projects and is a founder member of the Ninjasticks studio – whose short film, Spherical Jones, is due for completion in the summer of 2006. Most recently he has also directed a workshop of Pinter’s Betrayal at the NT Studio.
THE MENIER CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Producer). David Babani is artistic director of one of London’s most exciting new venues, The Menier Chocolate Factory. Recent productions include: Little Shop of Horrors (West End transfer, Duke of York's Theatre), The Last 5 Years, Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson, Sunday in the Park with George, What We Did to Weinstein, tick…tick…BOOM!, Murderer, Fully Committed (Winner Best Overall Fringe Production 2005 – Theatregoers’ Choice Awards) and Americana Absurdum. Other productions include Forbidden Broadway (Albery) and The Donkey Show (Hanover Grand). As artistic director of the Jermyn Street Theatre: Simply Barbra which broke all box office records, transferred to the Playhouse Theatre and toured internationally, and Closer Than Ever by Maltby and Shire. In Australia: the world premiere of Symphonic Forbidden Broadway and international concerts with Jason Robert Brown, Andrew Lippa and Maltby and Shire (all at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival). Other productions include The English American by Alison Larkin (Soho Theatre), Boom Chicago (Jermyn Street, Soho, Royal Festival Hall) and a hugely successful production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (New End).