REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Sunday in the Park with George” Opened with a ShowScore of 87

Show-Score | Feb 24, 2017
“Sunday in the Park with George," written by James Lapine and directed by Sarna Lapine, opened on February 23, 2017 in New York City. “Sunday in the Park with George," written by James Lapine and directed by Sarna Lapine, opened on February 23, 2017 in New York City.

CRITICS REVIEWS

35 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 85.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
"Something deeper than love — closer to religious gratitude — is the sentiment you may experience in the finale that concludes the first act of the marvelous revival...This interpretation comes across with more personal, in-the-moment intimacy than any I’ve seen...Mr. Gyllenhaal invests every note he sings with the rapt determination of someone trying to capture and pin down the elusive...Ashford's performance at City Center was charming; this time, it’s much more than that."
Zachary Stewart
Theatermania
ShowScore: 75
"The music is the real star in this solid revival of a modern classic...Thrillingly, the chorus has improved tenfold since the concert reading at City Center...While the formality of Lapine's script gave the City Center reading a sense of excitement akin to discovering an old diary buried in the attic, it feels stilted in this more polished production. Director Sarna Lapine has rehearsed the life out of a staging that previously felt fresh and new. Luckily, the two leads are a major exception."
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 85
"Sondheim’s plangent, soaring score sounds marvelous. If Sarna Lapine’s budget staging reminds you that this version began as a concert, at least you can get lost in the music...You will be suitably swept away by Gyllenhaal’s passionately acted, exquisitely articulated George, the most psychologically cohesive and sympathetic rendition I’ve witnessed live...'Sunday' remains a masterpiece that affirms the painful, isolating joys of creation, and the need to learn new lessons."

“Sunday in the Park with George” was also reviewed by Allison Adato of Entertainment Weekly, Edward Rothstein of The Wall Street Journal, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Ron Cohen of Musical Theater Review, Nicole Serratore of The Stage (UK), Peter Marks of The Washington Post, Chris J Kelly of The Star-Ledger (NJ.com), Sandi Durell of Theater Pizzazz, Roma Torre of NY1, Jose Solis of Stage Buddy, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Robert Feldberg of NorthJersey.com, Linda Winer of Newsday, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Joe Dziemianowicz of New York Daily News, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Suzanna Bowling of Times Square Chronicles, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Windman of AM New York, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, and Marilyn Stasio of Variety.

MEMBER REVIEWS

The show was also reviewed by 83 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 88.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful

DEClarke85, ShowScore: 60
See it if… "You love Annaleigh Ashford. She's amazing in this. You like Jake Gyllenhaal (he's serviceable), and love a large and amazing orchestra."
Don't see it if…"You want a strong book, more than a handful of good songs, dislike part-show/part-concert stagings, dislike art made for the sake being art."
Jim 8, ShowScore: 96
See it if… "You enjoy Sondheim, want to see a great cast perform this masterful Pulitzer-winning musical."
Don't see it if… "You don't like Sondheim, want a big, splashy production-filled musical."
Tim 6156, ShowScore: 85
See it if… "You are a Sondheim fan, or want to see a smart musical that will make you think about the importance of art."
Don't see it if…" You want a typical Broadway musical, or aren't a fan of Sondheim's work."

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