Claybourne Elder and Brynn O'Malley Lead Signature Theatre's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Beginning Tonight
Signature Theatre presents Sunday in the Park with George, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Signature Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner(Signature's Dreamgirls, The Threepenny Opera). Running in the MAX Theatre beginning tonight, August 5, and playing through September 21, the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine classic is the first production of Signature Theatre's 25th Anniversary.
The production will star Claybourne Elder (Broadway's Bonnie and Clyde, The Public Theater's Road Show, and CW Network's The Carrie Diaries) as Georges Seurat/George and Brynn O'Malley (Broadway's upcoming Honeymoon in Vegas, Annie, Wicked) as Dot/Marie.
Elder and O'Malley are joined in the cast by Evan Casey (Franz/Lee; Signature's Company), Susan Derry (Celeste #1/Photographer; Signature's Sunset Boulevard), Erin Driscoll (Celeste #2/Elaine; Signature's The Threepenny Opera), Maria Egler (Nurse/Harriet/Mrs; Signature and Ford's Hello Dolly!), Mitchell Hébert (Jules/Bob; Signature's Gypsy), Valerie Leonard (Yvonne/Naomi; Broadway's An Ideal Husband, Signature's Fox on the Fairway), Joseph Mace (Louis/Billy; Summer Lyric Theatre's LES MISERABLES), Gregory Maheu(Soldier/Alex; Signature's Sweeney Todd), Dan Manning (Mr/Charles; Signature's Beaches), Donna Migliaccio (Old Lady/Blair; Broadway'sRagtime, Signature's Beaches), Angela Miller (Frieda/Betty; Olney's How to Succeed...), Paul Scanlan (Boatman/Dennis; Signature's The Threepenny Opera), and introducing 11-year-old Sadie Rose Herman (Louise) and 9-year-old Lucy Alexa Herman (Bather/Ensemble).
The creative team includes Musical Direction by Jon Kalbfleisch; Scenic Design by Dan Conway; Costume Design by Frank Labovitz; Lighting Design by Jen Schriever; Sound Design by Lane Elms; Video Design by Robbie Hayes; Wig Design by Samantha Birchett-Hunter; and Production Stage Manager Kerry Epstein.
Written by the team behind Into the Woods and Passion, the show is inspired by the famous 1884 pointillist painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges Seurat. Sunday in the Park with George brings art to vibrant life in Sondheim's stunning masterpiece, which features the songs "Finishing the Hat," "Move On," "Children and Art" and "Putting it Together."
The musical opened on Broadway in 1984, where it received two Tony Awards® for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama followed in 1985, making Sunday in the Park with George one of only eight musicals to ever win the prize. The show has also received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical, numerous Drama Desk Awards, and the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical.
Signature's production kicks off the theatre's 25th anniversary season, which will feature numerous special events throughout the year in addition to seven fully produced shows, all in celebration of the artists and collaborators that have called Signature home over the course of 25 years.
Signature's production of Sunday in the Park with George also marks the 30th anniversary of the show itself.
Photo by Christopher Mueller.