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SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE CONCLUDES LIMITED ENGAGEMENT 6/29

Final Week!

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Daniel Evans          Jenna Russell

Michael Cumpsty            Alexander Gemignani                 Jessica Molaskey

in

Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s

Pulitzer Prize winning musical

Sunday in the Park with George

with

Mary Beth Peil

Directed by Sam Buntrock

 concludes its limited engagement Sunday, June 29th, 2008

 

 

“The look of the show feels like thought made visible, just as Mr. Sondheim’s ravishing score, performed with gleaming delicacy, seems made of painterly flecks of light and color.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times

 

“In this spectacular staging, director Sam Buntrock and his team have possibly reinvented the Broadway wheel.” -Clive Barnes, New York Post

 

“A great love story that remains among the peak theater experiences of my life.” -Linda Winer, Newsday

 

on Broadway at Studio 54

 

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) limited engagement of Sunday in the Park with George will play its final performance on Sunday, June 29that 2:00 PM. This revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical stars Daniel Evans (George), Jenna Russell (Dot & Marie), Michael Cumpsty (Jules & Bob), Alexander Gemignani (Boatman & Dennis), Jessica Molaskey (Yvonne & Naomi) and is directed by Sam Buntrock at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th St). 

 

Sunday in the Park with George will have played 32 preview performances and 149 regular performances.  Previews began on January 25th, 2008 and opened officially on February 21st, 2008.  This limited engagement was extended three times through June 29th.

 

The cast also includes Ed Dixon (Mr. & Charles), Santino Fontana (Soldier & Alex), Kelsey Fowler (Louise), Jessica Grové (Celeste #2 & Silent Artist), Alison Horowitz (Louise), Stacie Morgain Lewis (Frieda & Betty), Drew McVety (Louis & Billy), Anne L. Nathan (Nurse, Mrs. & Harriet), Brynn O’Malley (Celeste #1), David Turner (Franz & Lee).

 

Sunday in the Park with George features musical staging by Christopher Gattelli.. The design team includes Caroline Humphris (Musical Director), David Farley (Set and Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), Sebastian Frost (Sound Design), Tim Bird (Projection Design) and Jason Carr (Orchestrations).

 

The Georges Seurat painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, is the inspiration for this compelling musical fantasy which celebrates the art of creation and the creation of art.  The first half of Sunday in the Park with George, set in 1884, sees the painting and its rich comic tapestry come to life in a world where, for Georges, art comes before love, before everything.  In the second half, set in 1980s New York, we see the great grandson of Georges and his search for inspiration amongst the unfolding world of contemporary art.

 

Sunday in the Park with George was nominated for nine Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Daniel Evans) and Best Actress in a Musical (Jenna Russell). Tim Bird and David Farley won an Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding Set Design and Ken Billington won an OCC Award for Outstanding Lighting Design. Jason Carr received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations and Tim Bird received a DD Award for Outstanding Projections and Video Design. Jenna Russell was awarded a Theatre World Award for her role as Dot/Marie. Sunday in the Park with George was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Sam Buntrock) and Outstanding Actor & Actress in a Musical (Daniel Evans & Jenna Russell), five Outer Critic’s Circle Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Daniel Evans) and three Drama League nominations for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Performances (Daniel Evans & Jenna Russell). 

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).  Ticket prices range from $36.25-$121.25.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Sunday in the Park with George will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM. 

 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE IN THE NY TIMES

Roundabout’s Sunday in the Park with George has been nominated for 9 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical (Daniel Evans) and Best Actress in a Musical (Jenna Russell). It is currently playing at Studio 54 on Broadway through June 29, 2008.

 

The New York Times

May 28, 2008

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/theater/28evan.html?_r=1&ref=theater&oref=slogin

 

Connecting Philosophy, Sondheim and Seurat

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

 

The topic of the day’s seminar was “Kripke on Philosophy of Mind and Wittgenstein,” and the first couple of philosophers on the docket began speaking of the seeming possibility of the falsity of necessity and how it can be epistemologically possible to conceive of a metaphysical impossibility. As this was being discussed, a reporter discovered that it is very possible to contract a throbbing headache, and quickly.

 

But next to the reporter, a man sat with the easy and comprehending smile of someone at a folk-rock concert. He was Daniel Evans, currently in the running for a Tony Award for his performance as George in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Sunday in the Park With George,” the musical about art according to Seurat. Mr. Evans is a student of philosophy, not in the dilettante sense, but in the real, cram-for-the-exam sense. He just finished his fourth year in a six-year course for a bachelor’s degree in political philosophy. (Attending this seminar, at the City University of New York Graduate Center, was voluntary.) 

 

Under a barrage of Wittgensteinian logic that would break a lesser man, Mr. Evans kept up remarkably good humor. As soon as philosophy professor No. 3 wound up his lesson on, among other things, the appropriate application of the robust truth-conditional theory of meaning to Kripke’s rule following paradox, Mr. Evans dove into his backpack and came up with two bananas: one for himself and one for the fading reporter. “For low blood sugar,” he whispered helpfully.

 

Political philosophy, at least the political part of it, has been an interest for some time, said the boyish Mr. Evans, who arrived at the seminar in the tweed jacket and cap of a gentleman farmer. He then revealed, with a hint of mischief, that he has spent a night in a London police station for spray-painting political graffiti on a government building.

 

And suddenly, the kindly farmer-philosopher became a touch more complicated.

 

Mr. Evans, 34, was born in Rhondda, a small town in south Wales, in a valley once teeming with coal miners, the occupation of his grandfathers. Welsh was the language of his father and siblings when he was growing up. “Sondheim for some reason likes it,” Mr. Evans said. “He said after Russian, Welsh was his favorite sound.” (The impending passage of a bill preserving the Welsh language was the occasion for Mr. Evans’s run-in with the law; he thought the bill was too weak.)

 

There is a yearly cultural festival in Wales, the National Eisteddfod, in which Mr. Evans participated, and which propelled him into a career as a child actor. He went to acting school for a couple of years, then dropped out to join the Royal Shakespeare Company, which he would keep returning to after stints in other subsidized theaters like the National, the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court. In 1999 Trevor Nunn picked him to play Candide. Mr. Evans more or less taught himself how to do musical theater. He was nominated for an Olivier Award and became a rare creature: a musical actor with a deep classical background

 

It doesn’t take a casting director to tell what kind of roles Mr. Evans is naturally suited for. Puck, sure. Peter Pan, definitely. Sweeney Todd may be a bit of a stretch.

 

“I was playing young lads in new plays and young lovers in Shakespeare plays,” Mr. Evans said. His first Broadway role was Lysander in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; his first Olivier Award was for his performance as Charley Kringas in “Merrily We Roll Along,” a musical in which characters start out middle-aged and become younger. An actor in “Merrily” is either most convincing in the beginning or the end. Mr. Evans’s strength was at the end.

 

Click here to read the full article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/theater/28evan.html?_r=1&ref=theater&oref=slogin

 

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE RECIEVES TWO OUTER CRITIC CIRCLE AWARDS

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

 

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

Receives two Outer Critic Circle Awards

 

Outstanding Set Design: David Farley & Timothy Bird

Outstanding Lighting Design: Ken Billington

 

 

“The look of the show feels like thought made visible, just as Mr. Sondheim’s ravishing score, performed with gleaming delicacy, seems made of painterly flecks of light and color.”

 – Ben Brantley, New York Times

 

“Spectacular enough to make a Manhattan crowd gasp!”

 -Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal

 

 

Sunday in the Park with George has received two Outer Critic Circle Awards for Outstanding Set Design (David Farley & Timothy Bird) and Outstanding Lighting Design (Ken Billington).

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical Sunday in the Park with George. This Olivier Award winning production of Sunday in the Park with George, is directed by Sam Buntrock with musical staging by Christopher Gattelli. Sunday in the Park with George stars Daniel Evans (George), Jenna Russell (Dot & Marie), Michael Cumpsty (Jules & Bob), Alexander Gemignani (Boatman & Dennis) and Jessica Molaskey (Yvonne & Naomi).

             

Sunday in the Park with George is playing a limited engagement through June 29th, 2008 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th Street). 

 

The Georges Seurat painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, is the inspiration for this compelling musical fantasy which celebrates the art of creation and the creation of art.  The first half of Sunday in the Park with George, set in 1884, sees the painting and its rich comic tapestry come to life in a world where, for Georges, art comes before love, before everything.  In the second half, set in 1980s New York, we see the great grandson of Georges and his search for inspiration amongst the unfolding world of contemporary art.

 

Sunday in the Park with George was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical (Sam Buntrock) and Outstanding Actor & Actress in a Musical (Daniel Evans & Jenna Russell).  Sunday in the Park with George was nominated for five Outer Critic’s Circle Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical and Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Daniel Evans). Sunday in the Park with George was also honored with three Drama League nominations for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Performances (Daniel Evans & Jenna Russell). 

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street).  Ticket prices range from $36.25-$121.25.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Sunday in the Park with George plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM. 

 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

 

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