Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Sunday in the Park with George (Broadway)

From 716 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite

About the show

City Center's revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical comes to Broadway starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford. More…

This classic musical 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.

2h 30m | Already closed | Hudson Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (716)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite
89
Avg Score

85
Well sung, Intelligent, Majestic, Spare staging

See it if you want a solid revival of a classic. JG can sing, altho he's surprisingly nebbishy. AA's a terrific Dot. Bare stage, little staging.

Don't see it if you want a lavish B'way show. SIP is all about the music/lyrics. Act II art show is fun. Creation of Jatte's thrilling, but missed the scrim

Also I liked Jake--he was a gentler George than Mandy--but he seemed a bit ... Read more Read less

85
Great singing, Great story, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if Beautiful story. Poignant, clever and touching. Ashford is outstanding as actress and singer!!!

Don't see it if small production, not lavish. You think that you are still worth it in life if you don't produce children nor art.

83
Entertaining, Slow, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You're a fan of Sondheim. Great music and story. Annaleigh Ashford is absolutely wonderful, beautiful voice and a great actress!

Don't see it if You are looking for a big splashy production. This production is simple and poignant, bells and whistles not necessary.

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Absorbing

See it if A stellar production. Gyllenhaal and Ashford were marvelous. I wish the production would have a longer run so I could see it again. See it!

Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim. Or if you need pop song type shows. This has layers and is a thinker. Not fluffy if that's what you prefer.

75
Enchanting, Intelligent, Romantic, Overrated, Slow

See it if An extended meditation on the human cost and process of creating art, and how it lives on through the generations. Good for Sondheim lovers.

Don't see it if Lovely but a bit dull, preachy and repetitive. The characters don't grow or change in any way. There isn't enough story for 2+ hours.

75
Great acting, Opaque, Engaging, Incohesive, Intellectual

See it if you want to see excellent performances across the board, especially from Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Don't see it if you like a show to move in a linear progression taking you from point to point smoothly and leaving you with a clear sum of its parts.

90
Great acting, Great singing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Outstanding minimally staged production of Sondheim/Lapine "art about making art" musical Excellent Gyllenhaal & Ashford head great ensemble

Don't see it if While still an "enlarged" Encores production does work wonders Act II's clunky-ness remains but best chromolume yet

92
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Exquisite

See it if you like Sondheim, Gyllenhaal, or Ashford; clever staging on a limited budget, appreciate the artistic process, gorgeous singing

Don't see it if you expect rousing old-fashioned production numbers, a conventional plot line, or mindless entertainment

100
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You want to see an excellent cast, led by the outstanding Jake Gyllenhaal & Annaleigh Ashford, interpret Sondheim to perfection.

Don't see it if You don't like Stephen Sondheim. If that's the reason you're not seeing this, think again. This production will change your tune.

91
We knew he could act - but who knew jake gyllenhaal could sing (skillfully, affectingly)? best production of this ambitious musical i've seen

See it if major problem w past productions/too abstract solved by Jake's amazing authenticity, Annaleigh's humanizing humor; brilliant direction

Don't see it if this show is about what could be a deadly dull subject: why art is made; what's wonderful is how artfully this is done in this production

Also Sarna Lapine, niece of James Lapine who collaborated with Sondheim in ... Read more Read less

83
Profound, Slow, Great acting, Great writing, Understated

See it if you're a fan of Sondheim's or stories about artists and their work.

Don't see it if you like a quick pace or showy numbers.

99
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You want a beautifully sung rendition of this classic musical. Jake Gyllenhaal and the rest of the cast are simply sublime.

Don't see it if You prefer modern musicals

85
Great staging, Dizzying, Lovely score

See it if you love Sondheim. This production does the piece proud. Gyllenhaal and Ashford are terrific. The Act 2 light show is not to be missed.

Don't see it if This is not one of my favorite Sondheim works, & the two acts don't hang together as cohesively as one might wish, but that's quibbling.

Also Gyllenhaal is truly a revelation here - great acting and strong singin... Read more Read less

90
Classic music theatre, Profound, Must see, Opens my emotional waterworks, Gorgeous physical production

See it if Sondheim, Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford, Georges Seurat, pointillism, color & light, chromalumes, art, or finishing the hat thrill you

Don't see it if music theatre that probes why we exist [answer: to create children or art] or musicals all by themself make you close your eyes heart & mind

Also As with #FALSETTOS, all of my emotional faucets were turned on before ... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful

See it if you love Sondheim and great theatre.

Don't see it if you hate Sondheim and great theatre

100
Dizzying, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you love Sondheim or musicals or theatre. This is as good as it gets.I NEVER give 100 scores.This deserves it. Better than it was at Encores

Don't see it if you are dead. Actually, dig yourself out of the ground and come. It is really that good. Really, really REALLY

83
Great singing, Must see, Exquisite

See it if you're a huge Sondheim fan. This production does not disappoint. Jake and Annaleigh are in top form. The rest of the cast dazzles.

Don't see it if you'd rather see a play or a musical comedy. This also isn't a fully staged production and still resembles an enhanced set from Encores.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Exquisite, Masterful, Profound

See it if You enjoy an exceptionally well crafted musical, top quality acting and singing and complementary staging and set design

Don't see it if You dislike Sondheim, shows that make you think, or prefer simple & flashy theatre

90
Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you love great interpretations of Sondheim work. Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford shine

Don't see it if you hate sondheim musicals

75
Musical classic, Bare-bones production, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if Yes, it's a masterpiece paean to the creation of art and yes, Gyllenhaal acts well in this strait-jacketed role and Ashford is all charm...

Don't see it if ...but ultimately, this production is so stripped down and George's character so limited that enjoyment is repressed. Is there no pleasure..

Also ---for the artist in creating his work?

85
Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful, That great sondheim genius

See it if you want to see and HEAR musical theater from a master composer/lyricist and the incredible Jake Gyllenhaal.

Don't see it if you're looking for a carefree musical. This gem requires your attention.

92
Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if love Sondheim & Ashford-she is wonderful both in singing & acting, bringing warmth & humor; see Gyllenhaal do a great job in a musical

Don't see it if you want elaborate staging (the costumes & backdrop do a great job tho in conveying the scene; don't want a musical about the making of art

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Beautiful exploration of the artistic temperament; Seurat's all-consuming need to create art, & the toll it takes on his personal life.

Don't see it if This is a cerebral, intellectual musical. Minimal set, w/dazzling Chromolume sequence. Wonderful cast, but Jake Gyllenhaal is a revelation

Also I can't stress enough how astonishing Jake Gyllenhaal's performance wa... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Must see, Annaleigh ashford is wonderful!

See it if you're a Sondheim fan. Best production of this show yet! Ashford is adorable, lovable & so much fun to watch! Gyllenhaal's xcellent too.

Don't see it if you are not a Sondheim fan. However, Ashford is so engaging that she even made the second act work. I loved it!

65
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Cliched, Over-hyped

See it if you never saw the original. The beautiful music's still there, albeit w/new nuances created by new cast. BUT, no comparison to the original.

Don't see it if you loved the original. Some shows should never be re-touched or tweaked. This is one of those. If it ain't broke, why mess with perfection?


February 23rd, 2017
"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 not...
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February 23rd, 2017
"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 psychologi...
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February 23rd, 2017
"Bare-bones but beautiful...Sondheim’s songs are so profound that they feel as if they had left the realm of lived experience and entered a Keatsian plane of absolute truth-beauty...It’s hard to keep your eyes off Gyllenhaal. But the performance is not as effortless as it might be...He is unable ...
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February 23rd, 2017
"The production has elevated an affecting work into something quite rare and exquisite. Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford bring richer shadings and startling emotional candor to their dual roles, supported by a gifted ensemble...Staged with grace and fluidity by Sarna Lapine...I don't recall ...
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