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Sunday in the Park with George

Members say: Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing, Exquisite, Enchanting
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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.... Read 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.

 
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Reviews (314)

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85
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90
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

75
Theatermania

"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." Full Review

90
BroadwayWorld

"Its comparatively modest production values allow more focus on the excellent acting and the superior quality of the incisive words and emotion-draining music. This is one of the American musical theatre's finest literary creations...Jake Gyllenhaal's formerly soft take on Seurat has developed more desperate dimensions. Aided by a much stronger singing voice, he gets the point across that Seurat sees his own self-worth in his creations...A sparkling production of an important musical." Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

85
Variety

"Under the direction of Sarna Lapine, the staging is more theatrically structured than it was at City Center, with its stools and lecterns. But even as retooled, the show retains the quality of serene simplicity that heightens the poignant beauty of the score...If it weren’t for Gyllenhaal’s inherent charm and the affection of Ashford’s doting Dot, the artist’s commitment to his art ('I cannot look up from my pad') might not compensate for his overwhelming self-absorption." Full Review

85
The Huffington Post

"'Sunday' plays exceptionally well at the intimate and altogether glorious Hudson. Gyllenhaal is very good...Sunday reveals Ashford as a full-fledged musical comedy star...Sarna Lapine has done a good job of adapting and enlarging her City Center staging...It is Gyllenhaal who not only sells the tickets but gives a compelling and welcome performance. He, Ashford and the rest—including, most certainly, Sondheim—make this a 'Sunday' to see." Full Review

85
Lighting & Sound America

"Two stellar lead performances, an exceptionally fine supporting cast, and some of Stephen Sondheim's most ravishing songs...'Sunday in the Park with George' is, arguably, the most daring piece in Sondheim's canon...The most disappointing aspect of Lapine's production is its sheer lack of visual appeal...Still, fans of this landmark musical will want to collect the performances of Gyllenhaal and Ashford; they'll also relish the opportunity to hear the score sung by a first-rate company." Full Review

90
Theater Life

"The production is simple and direct. Stripped to its barest essence, the musical becomes an emotional feast as well as an intellectual one...Gyllenhaal proves you can be a major movie star as well as a musical talent...Gyllenhaal widens his range with a dazzlingly intense vocal and dramatic rendition of George’s conflict between his art and his personal life. Annaleigh Ashford displays exquisite pipes, timing and presence." Full Review

75
Talkin' Broadway

"A beautiful if low-key revival...Act II has never been more essential or more moving...The direction of Sarna Lapine is on the lean and informal side, and does not match Gyllenhaal's fire...The acting can be a bit on the unusual side, too...No one is ever unwatchable, or for that matter less than correct, and when they unite in song, never more than when 'La Grande Jatte' assembles in the Act I finale 'Sunday,' they could not be more right." Full Review

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AM New York

"A superb revival...'Sunday' is a complex, rich and extremely rewarding work of art...It is a simple presentation that lacks the visual thrills of the original production. However, storytelling is focused and the score (played by a full orchestra) sounds as glorious as ever...Gyllenhaal’s Georges is sensitive, wounded and even sympathetic...As Dot, Ashford gives a bold performance in which she employs her comic abilities to superb effect but is also sexy, vulnerable and heartbreaking." Full Review

95
The Huffington Post

"With just a simple approach, every element here feels precise and correct...Ashford is marvelous...She’s so good and so gracious with Gyllenhaal that they really feel like a team up there...Gyllenhaal is excellent, surely acting this role as well as anyone ever has...They connect their two roles so seamlessly that the show has never felt so whole and complete to me, a unified work of perfection...Marries melody and lyrics and intellectual ideas with heartfelt emotion." Full Review

95
The Hollywood Reporter

"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 ever experiencing the binding unity of creative vigor and purpose with such piercing solitude that Gyllenhaal brings to the two parts." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"Jake Gyllenhaal’s got it, by George! A handsome, nimble singing voice to go with his solid acting chops, that is...Its power to stir the heart and head with its radiant score and unfading story about the art of making art — and love — is as strong as ever....The staging by Sarna Lapine remains efficient and spare...The stars are even better than before...A fine supporting cast that includes Robert Sean Leonard, Penny Fuller and Ruthie Ann Miles helps connect all the musical dots." Full Review

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New York Magazine / Vulture

"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 in Act Two to escape the interiority of the writing of modern-day George, and so the drama, always tenuous by this point, leaches out. Or would, were it not for the compensating talents of Ashford." Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

"Faultlessly sublime...This is a night of theatre, I will never forget. It is no wonder Sondheim and Lapine won the Pulitzer Prize for this masterpiece...With Jake Gyllenhaal as George, your heart aches...His vocals are impeccable...Director Sarna Lapine directs this 20 member cast with fluid aplomb...Lapine’s book is faultless now and Sondheim’s magnificent score reaches even farther into our beings, to transport us to musical heaven." Full Review

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Deadline

"Revelatory...This is a spectacular revival and the principals are simply breathtakingly good. The performances are assured – indeed, they’ve only grown in confidence. Moreover, the semi-staging by Sarna Lapine reveals (as if we needed reminding), one of the most beautiful, moving and endlessly inventive scores ever written, not to mention the equally ambitious and rewarding book that frames it." Full Review

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CurtainUp

“The great score, brilliant lyrics and witty storytelling make for a one-of-a-kind theatrical feast to be relished by anyone interested in musical theater…The current production is a treat whether you've seen it before or not…Gyllenhall's lyrical tenor voice and acting are as rich and colorful as those pointillist dots we see him dab on his canvas…The equally remarkable Ashford brings thrilling vocals and a great depth of feeling to the bittersweet artist-model romance.” Full Review

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Newsday

"Every once in a rare while, the theater rewards us with a kind of transcendent experience...Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford step up alongside Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters in the treasured place where I keep memories of the original 'Sunday in the Park With George.' They are that good...The production is less extravagant than others, but no less magical...The rest of the cast is equally splendid." Full Review

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Chicago Tribune

"An iconic and justly beloved musical...Gyllenhaal is at once distinctive, self-effacing and the boldest choice made in this uneven if intriguing production...The actor can certainly carry the musical demands of the show, but not with bravura flourish, for he does not have that kind of voice...Lapine's overall approach is a perfectly justifiable and resonant way into this show and, I'd wager, a closer match for where Lapine and Sondheim are with regard to their midlife show." Full Review

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NorthJersey.com

"Gyllenhaal is a very good actor and sings surprisingly well, but neither he nor the amusing Ashford can lift the skimpy, pedestrian production to the sublime level of the two previous Broadway presentations of the show...A production needn’t be opulent, but it also shouldn’t look like something improvised in a suburban backyard. The direction by Sarna Lapine is routine, except she whiffs on the production’s big moment." Full Review

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The Wrap

"What most impresses is Gyllenhaal's gift for understatement as an actor...It’s difficult for an actor to make that kind of slow-burn concentration theatrical. Gyllenhaal makes riveting...Sarna Lapine’s direction in the first act is serviceable in its spare Encores! approach, but she doesn’t find the necessary shape or concept to hide the flaws in Lapine’s second-act book. Fortunately, Sondheim’s score only gets better in the second act, and also there’s the delightful Ashford." Full Review

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CitiTour

"One of the most profound musicals ever written...Gyllenhaal makes these iconic roles his own...Many of Sondheim’s songs here, while not altogether conventional, are among the finest ever penned for theater...It’s true that Gyllenhaal and Ashford basically do all the metaphorical heavy lifting here, but one must be grateful for the star-studded supporting cast...Go with your gut and don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this very special production of a very special show." Full Review

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Front Mezz Junkies

"It’s hard to fathom but this Sondheim masterpiece has only gotten better...First and foremost, Jake Gyllenhaal is spectacular in the role. Once again, he is devastatingly good right from the beginning...Ashford, just like in the fall, still took a bit more convincing. I still struggled a bit with her too modern and American tone, but at moments it felt more appropriate for the part than either Bernadette Peters or Russell...The rest of the cast is also creating something spectacular." Full Review

80
NY1

"A beautiful if somewhat abstract riff on creativity...No matter what one thinks of the show, it's pretty hard to find any fault with the performances, led by the uber-talented Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford...'Sunday In The Park' won't appeal to everyone. But fans will not be disappointed. Director Sarna Lapine, employing state-of-the-art projections, delivers an immaculate production combining art, science and poetry in perfect harmony." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"Inarguably one of the greatest musicals of all time, it doesn’t take very long into Sarna Lapine’s revival to realize why this show needed to be back on Broadway: it’s become an allegory about the existence of musical theatre itself in an era of moral decay and ugliness prevailing over beauty...This 'Sunday' now belongs to everyone, the musical, like the painting that inspired it, having become just another dot in the pointillistic wonder that is creation." Full Review

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Avg Score

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Intimate and beautiful revival with outstanding ensemble and magnificent leads - smaller than the original production but equally impactful

Don't see it if You want a grander version or don't appreciate exploration of art, light beauty and innovation and a new way to present this wonderful show

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

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

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

See it if major problem w past productions/too abstract and 2nd act disconnected/ solved by Jake's amazing authenticity & Annaleigh's humanizing humor

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

95
Enchanting, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if JAKE AND ANNALEIGH were both great! Must see!! If you like the oringnal show you will love this one! Great singing and acting!!

Don't see it if If your not a classical musical fan, not for you! Younger crowd might get bored in act 1

98
Funny, Absorbing, Exquisite, Refreshing, Moving

See it if FOR the rich emotional complexities of this brainy piece; for the revelatory work done by Ashford and Gyllenhall ; FOR THE CHROMOLUME

Don't see it if you don't want to have your ideas about the material (esp Act2) shaken up a bit; if you can't imagine this play without lots of scenery

92
Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Romantic, Great singing

See it if It's just lovely! beautiful talent, cohesive cast, moving story; I didn't want it to end!

Don't see it if you prefer flashy musicals with big dance numbers

Also front center dress circle seating was perfect

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

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?

86
Delightful, Great acting, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want a great revival of a classic Sondheim piece.

Don't see it if no reason. It was wonderful!

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Great singing

See it if you love art, you love music, and want a piece that celebrates both. Jake G. was the perfect George and Annaleigh A. is a delight!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy musicals that make you think or feel. This is a cerebral show and not for someone looking for a big Broadway blockbuster.

Also Sunday in the Park with George is one of my favorite musicals, and thi... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Enchanting, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy a strong ensemble who connects with the piece wholefully and lets you in on their journey.

Don't see it if Sunday is a specific type of music, might not be for all. Also if you don't like brooding characters at the center of the story.

83
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You never cared for "Sunday" in the past. This production will let you see what all the hype has been about all these years!

Don't see it if You really don't like Jake or Anna or the music.

65
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you enjoy intelligent theater and have never seen a production of this classic work. Jake Gyllenhaal is great, Annaleigh Ashford is better.

Don't see it if Unfortunately, while the music is some of the most beautiful ever written for the theater, the show still bores me completely.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see a Sondheim classic that's incredibly well acted and sung! Jake and Annaleigh are both amazing in their roles!

Don't see it if I guess it you don't like Sondheim? But I think you should see it.

86
Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you are a Sondheim fan. And if you want to see some great tech/lighting. Great performances all around.

Don't see it if you are expecting the best sung version of this show. However, the acting more than makes up for it.

70
Funny, Overrated, Slow

See it if You really like Sondheim and this is a favorite show. You want to see Annaleigh Ashford shine, and don't mind a pointless plot.

Don't see it if You expect Jake Gyllenhaal to live up to the hype, you like shows that are not static, but have character development and memorable songs.

Also This show lacked panache. Annaleigh Ashford was stellar and the ensemb... Read more Read less

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

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

85
Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful, Great singing, 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.

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

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.

97
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love Sondheim and good musical theater. This production shines with amazing actors and direction.

Don't see it if You want a more pop inspired musical.

Also A classic done extremely well. This is an exquisite production. Althou... Read more Read less

100
Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Great singing

See it if Jake Gyllenhaal is perfection as George! Hearing him sing Finishing The Hat is reason to see this alone! The cast is top notch! Beautiful!

Don't see it if You aren't willing to invest in the intricate Sondheim lyrics. This musical pays great attention to detail & expects that from the audience.

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

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.

80
Absorbing, Enchanting

See it if you want to see a beautiful Sonheim musical, and Gyllenhaal and Ashford really make the roles their own.

Don't see it if you dislike it when shows have acts set in different centuries. I mean, we know what this book is, it's not the strongest ever.

95
Enchanting, Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of musicals. It is a brilliant production of a landmark musical.

Don't see it if You want a simple musical requiring no thought

90
Ambitious, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you love Sondheim musicals and theater about art and the artistic process. Fantastic and awe-inspiring performances.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy somewhat abstract stories, prefer more straightforward and happy plots. Prefer more elaborate and ostentatious design.

84
Masterful, Slow

See it if you like really unique and intelligent plots. Great direction and staging.

Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim or slower paced musicals.