This 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical was inspired by the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. A complex work revolving around a fictionalized Seurat immersed in single-minded concentration while painting the masterpiece, the production has evolved into a meditation on art, emotional connection, and community. This publication contains the entire script of the musical. " Sunday is itself a modernist creation, perhaps the first truly modernist work of musical theatre that Broadway has produced ... a watershed event that demands nothing less than a retrospective, even revisionist, look at the development of the serious Broadway musical." Frank Rich, The New York Times Magazine
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"In SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, […] the songwriter Stephen Sondheim and the playwright-director James Lapine demand that an audience radically change its whole way of looking at the Broadway musical. […] Mr. Sondheim and Mr. Lapine have created an audacious, haunting and, in its own intensely personal way, touching work. […] Stand back and you'll see that this evening's two theater artists, Mr. Sondheim and Mr. Lapine, have woven all those imaginative possibilities into a finished picture with a startling new glow." - The New York Times
"No other musical points out more succinctly the perils of not living in the moment; no piece better conveys not just the struggles of creativity but the doubts and humiliations; no show has such a profound understanding of what it's like to live around someone with the toxic mix of workaholism and self-doubt." - The Chicago Tribune
"The show effortlessly combines the general with the particular; this semi-fictionalised Seurat embodies the ungovernable obsessiveness of the true artist." - The Guardian
"Sondheim and bookwriter James Lapine aren't interested in romantic generalisations. Their breathtakingly original treatment of the idea makes trenchant universal observations by cleaving to the dramatically particular. […] A show about art is flirting with danger. In this pin-sharp production, Sondheim proves that those who dare can, indeed, win." - The Independent
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons on July 6, 1983. Starring Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters, only the first act was performed for the vast majority of the run. As the shows progressed, the first act continued to be worked on, and the second act premiered with the last three performances of the 25 total. The musical then transferred to the Booth Theatre on Broadway on May 2, 1984. It starred Patinkin and Peters once again and was directed by book writer James Lapine. The show ultimately ran until October 13, 1985 after 604 performances. The London premiere of the musical was on March 15, 1990 at the Royal National Theatre. On May 15, 1994, the original cast reunited on Broadway for a tenth anniversary concert/benefit performance for the charity "Friends in Deed."