Ambassador Theatre Group (Mark Cornell, CEO; Adam Speers, Executive Producer) has announced that the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, starring Academy Award nominee Jake
Gyllenhaal and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford will re-open the historic Hudson Theatre (139-141 West 44th Street) on Broadway this winter for a strictly limited 10-week engagement. Performances are set to begin Saturday, February 11, 2017, ahead of a Thursday, February 23 Opening Night, and will play through Sunday, April 23.
“We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming audiences back to the historic Hudson Theater for the first time in almost 50 years with this musical classic,” said Mark Cornell, Ambassador Theatre Group’s Chief Executive Officer. “Direct from its acclaimed New York City Center production, Sondheim and Lapine’s masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George, starring Jake and Annaleigh, is the perfect inaugural offering for this Broadway treasure box. To be re-opening our most intimate of New York venues with this special work makes me excited about the future of the Hudson.”
Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, who both earned unanimous raves for their portrayals, will return to their roles, and will mark the second major Broadway revival of Sondheim and Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. Reviewing the critically acclaimed New York City Center concert production of Sunday in the Park with George, Ben Brantley of the New York Times proclaimed it as “Joyous! This is one of those shows that seems destined to be forever spoken of with misty-eyed bragging rights by anyone who sees it.”
“Opening the historic Hudson Theatre with this magnificent show, for me, is about the possibilities – a blank page, the white canvas, a new era for a theater and the great work to come,” said Jeanine Tesori, New York City Center Artistic Advisor and producer of the NYCC concert production. “Together, Jake and Annaleigh broke my heart wide open. I am so happy we will be able to see them on stage again.”
Sondheim and Lapine’s masterpiece follows painter Georges Seurat (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Consumed by his need to “finish the hat,” Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot (Annaleigh Ashford), not realizing that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years.
With music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, Sunday in the Park with George is directed by Sarna Lapine. Sunday in the Park with George is produced on Broadway by Adam Speers for Ambassador Theatre Group, New York City Center, Jeanine Tesori, and Riva Marker.