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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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
See it if invested in Georges Seurat's works, appreciate artists and creators, and don't mind a play with acts set in different centuries.
Don't see it if expecting a super-elaborate set-design (although the Seurat-inspired backdrop and end of Act I are phenomenal) or want uber-catchy songs.
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!
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