It is being reported that the Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George will re-open the refurbished Hudson Theatre, Broadway, from February 11th for a limited season. News of the transfer sent fans into overdrive on Twitter.
The Hudson Theatre, which has not been used as a theatre venue since the ’60’s has been restored and this production of Sunday In The Park With George is a fitting event to showcase the new venue.
The concert version of the Sondheim tuner was originally staged at The New York Center as a one-off fundraising performance. It received favourable reviews with Gyllenhaal in particular garnering much praise for his portrayal of the lead character, originally played by Mandy Patinkin.
While this version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical about French pointillist painter George Seurat starred Gyllenhaal and Ashford there has been no announcement of the cast for the Hudson Theatre transfer…. fingers crossed all fans!
DeadLine Hollywood said about Sunday In The Park With George:
Ashford’s comedic skills are reined in ever so slightly, just enough to infuse both Dot and the elderly Marie of Act II with a soupçon of sauciness, and she is in wonderful voice. But the stunner is Gyllenhaal, who brings deep warmth and great passion to the role — along with a sizable wallop when needed. If it’s unlikely that his film schedule would allow a lengthier run, that’s all the sadder, because this was a performance for the ages.
The creative team includes director Sarna Lapine, music director Chris Fenwick, scenic designer Beowulf Boritt, projection designer Wendall K. Harrington, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Ken Billington, sound designer Kai Harada, music coordinator Seymour Red Press, orchestrator Michael Starobin, and production stage manager Peter Lawrence with casting by Carrie Gardner, C.S.A./Stephen Kopel, C.S.A.