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Sunday in the Park with George (Libretto) - Full Length Musical, Drama

Sunday in the Park with George (Libretto)

James Lapine, Stephen Sondheim

Full Length Musical, Drama

6m, 8f

ISBN: 9781557830685

This 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical was inspired by the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat.

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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."
Characters

CASTING

6m, 8f

A BOATMAN A surly blue-collared laborer, simple-minded and slovenly. Optional Doubling as CHARLES REDMOND. Male, 35-60 yrs old Range: Eb2 - Eb4
A SOLDIER A French military man, polite and gentlemanly. Close with his companion, though he yearns for a separation. Optional Doubling as ALEX. Male, 20-35 yrs old Range: A2 - F4
CELESTE #1 A young shop girl, gossipy and flirtatious. Her friendship with the other Celeste is strained when they fight over the Soldier and his companion. Optional Doubling as A WAITRESS. Female, 18-30 yrs old Range: B3 - G5
CELESTE #2 Another young shop girl, gossipy and flirtatious. Her friendship with the other Celeste is strained when they fight over the Soldier and his companion. Optional Doubling as ELAINE. Female, 18-30 yrs old Range: A3 - G5
DOT/MARIE As Dot, George's headstrong mistress and occasional model so discontent with their relationship that she eventually leaves him. As Marie, George's elderly wheelchair-bound grandmother who helps him connect to his artistry through her grammar book notes. Female, 20-40 yrs old Range: E3 - D5
FRANZ Jules's German coachman and Freida's husband. Disgruntled with his job. Has a bit of a temper and secretly yearns for the Nurse. Optional Doubling as DENNIS. Male, 30-50 yrs old Range: B2 - G4
FRIEDA Jules and Yvonne's cook and Franz's wife. Caring and positive as a surrogate nanny to Louise. Forced by Jules into an affair. Optional Doublings include BETTY and YOUNG MAN. Female, 35-55 yrs old Range: G3 - F5
GEORGE In Act 1: George Seurat, a rather cold artist obsessed with his work at the cost of his personal life. Constantly troubled and borderline obsessive. Act 2: Seurat's burnt-out descendant and inventor-sculpture searching for his purpose. In the end, he is able to use his connection to the past to find the meaning in a blank canvas. Male, 25-40 yrs old Range: G#2 - Ab4
JULES A rival artist. Callous, critical, and ultimately shallow. He forces Frieda to engage in extramarital affairs. Optional Doubling as BOB GREENBERG. Male, 25-45 yrs old Range: G2 - F4
LOUIS A baker who Dot starts seeing to make George jealous. Kind, friendly, and very popular, but a bit dull. Optional Doublings include BILLY WEBSTER and MAN. Male, 35-55 yrs old Range: B2 - A4
LOUISE Jules and Yvonne's spoiled little girl. She faces neglect and abuse from her parents, despite being honest. Optional Doubling as BOY. Female, 8-12 yrs old Range: G3 - Eb5
NURSE The Old Lady's attendant. She is calming and assertive. Optional Doublings include HARRIET PAWLING and MRS. Female, 40-60 yrs old Range: G3 - F4
OLD LADY George's mother. A cranky and rather demanding fixture in the park. She is able to find solace in nostalgia, and inspires George to find order in his art. Optional Doubling as BLAIR DANIELS. Female, 60-80 yrs old Range: F#3 - Eb5
YVONNE Jules' pampered wife. She is as snippy and snooty as her husband. Optional Doubling as NAOMI EISEN. Female, 25-35 yrs old Range: E3 - Eb5
Author(s)
James Lapine

James Lapine

James Lapine was born in 1949 in Mansfield, Ohio and lived there until his early teens when his family moved to Stamford, Connecticut. He attended public schools before entering Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he majored in History. He went on to get an MFA in Design from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.After graduate school, he moved to ... view full profile

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