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UPDATE: Tickets for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Now Sold Out


As BWW reported yesterday, this year's New York City Center's annual Gala, to be held on Monday, October 24, 2016, will include a concert performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's 1984 musical SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Funds raised allow City Center to make the best in the performing arts accessible to the widest possible audiences by subsidizing affordable tickets throughout the year to programs such as Fall for Dance and Encores! Off-Center.

Tickets for the event went on sale at noon today, May 25th, and according to the event's official web site, have now sold out. Gala tickets (for dinner and performance) are still available.

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Following last summer's celebrated Encores! Off-Center production of Little Shop of Horrors, Gyllenhaal will return to City Center to star as George in Sondheim and Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece. The musical follows painter Georges Seurat in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Consumed by his need to "finish the hat," Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot, not realizing that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years.

The gala performance is being produced by Jeanine Tesori, in her capacity as Artistic Advisor at City Center. It will be followed by a gala dinner at The Plaza Hotel (58th Street at 5th Avenue).

Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics) wrote the music and lyrics for Saturday Night, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, The Frogs, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins, Passion, and Road Show,as well as lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy, and Do I Hear A Waltz?,and additional lyrics for Candide. Anthologies of his workinclude Side by Side by Sondheim, Marry Me A Little, You're Gonna Love Tomorrow, Putting It Together, and Sondheim on Sondheim. He composed the score of the film Stavisky, co-composed Reds, and wrote songs for Dick Tracy and for the television production Evening Primrose. His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made A Hat. In 2010 the Broadway theater formerly known as Henry Miller's Theatre was renamed in his honor.

James Lapine (Librettist) has worked with Stephen Sondheim on Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and Passion. With William Finn: Falsettos, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Muscle, and Little Miss Sunshine. He also directed the City Center Encores! productions of Merrily We Roll Along and A New Brain, and the original revue Sondheim on Sondheim for the Roundabout Theatre. He has written six plays: Table Settings; Twelve Dreams; Luck, Pluck & Virtue; The Moment When; Fran's Bed; Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing; and Act One which he adapted from Moss Hart's memoir.

Jake Gyllenhaal (George) Broadway: Constellations (Drama League Award nom). Off-Broadway: Encores! Off-Center Little Shop of Horrors, If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (Lucille Lortel and Drama League Award noms). West End: This Is Our Youth (Evening Standard Theatre Award). Films include Nightcrawler (Golden Globe, BAFTA, and SAG noms), Brokeback Mountain (Academy Award and BAFTA noms), Southpaw, Prisoners, Demolition, Enemy, Everest, End of Watch, Jarhead, Zodiac, Proof, The Good Girl, Moonlight Mile, Lovely and Amazing, October Sky, Source Code, Love & Other Drugs (Golden Globe nom), Brothers, and Donnie Darko. Upcoming films: Nocturnal Animals, Stronger, Life, Okja

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