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EDINBURGH 2011: BWW Reviews: SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, C, Aug 13 2011

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Now one of Sondheim's most popular musicals, Sunday in the Park With George is inspired by Seurat's famous Impressionist painting 'Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte'. It follows an artist, George, as he obsessively tries to perfect his painting, amid criticisms that his work has no life. Weaved throughout the story are strands of the relationships in George's life, and we see how they all affect, and are affected by, George's painting.

One Academy tackle this complex and subtle piece with confidence, and create a beautiful, emotional production. The standard of both acting and singing is high, particularly from the ensemble as a whole who perform a wonderful rendition of the well-known Act I finale 'Sunday'. It'd also be a huge oversight not to recognise the substantial contribution of the orchestra, who tackle the challenging score with skill.

The sets used are effective both visually and functionally, utilising the Impressionist style as their inspiration for moveable set pieces to represent elements of Seurat's painting.

An impressive production.

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Julia Hogg Julia was born and raised in London, had a brief (10-year) interlude living in New Zealand, and moved back to London in 2007. She has spent a slightly worrying amount of time and money in West End and fringe theatres ever since, where her unabashed love for musicals has flourished. She has a very normal day-job in order to support her theatre habit, and can often be heard to comment "well, it'd almost be rude NOT to see it". She has a background in psychology, a keen interest in Deaf culture and is currently learning British Sign Language. If you need to contact her, she will most likely be in a theatre somewhere.


 

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