Exploring the creative process of French impressionist Georges Seurat, Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1984 musical begins in 19th-century France, where the impoverished painter battles with his art and his personal life. His engrossment in his work drives his pregnant girlfriend Dot to leave him. The action then shifts to modern America where George’s great-grandson is facing similar problems.
Sunday in the Park with George has music by and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine. Sam Buntrock’s revival - the first major London production since the National staged the musical’s UK premiere in 1990 (See News, 21 Oct 2005) – first opened on 29 November 2005 (previews from 18 November), at the Menier in Southwark, south London, where it enjoyed an extended, sell-out season until 12 March 2006. The production features ground-breaking computer-generated set design by David Farley and Timothy Bird, who jointly won this year’s Critics’ Circle Award for Best Designer for their efforts (See News, 31 Jan 2006). The production was nominated for five Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards and won Best Off-West End Production (See News, 31 Jan 2006).
Fears that the show may lose something in the move from the intimate 150-seat Menier to the 750-seat, proscenium arch Wyndham’s were allayed. In its new home, critics still marvelled at the show’s design, which uses projections to make the paintings come to life, and admired the strong, moving performances of the cast. They were almost universally impressed with the production, although one found Stephen Sondheim’s original score a bit too much like musicals by numbers.
- by Caroline Ansdell
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