Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George opened at the Booth Theatre May 2, 1984. The production, starring Tony Award winners Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters, played 35 previews and 604 performances before closing on October 13, 1985. The musical was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Actor and Actress nominations for Patinkin and Peters.
Sunday in the Park with George tells the story of 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.
Look Back at Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters in the Original Broadway Production of Sunday in the Park
In addition to Patinkin and Peters, the original production starred Charles Kimbrough, Barbara Bryne, Dana Ivey, Mary D’Arcy, Danielle Ferland, Sue Anne Gershenson, Cris Groenendaal, John Jellison, Kurt Knudson, Judith Moore, Nancy Opel, William Parry, Michele Rigan, Brent Spiner, Melanie Vaughan, and Robert Westenberg. Rounding out the company were Jeff Keller, Betsy Joslyn, Sara Woods, David Bryant, Ray Gill, and Joanna Glushak as understudies.
The musical features music and lyrics by Sondheim with a book and direction by Lapine. Rounding out the creative team were Tony Straiges (scenic design), Patricia Zipprodt and Ann Hould-Ward (costume design), Richard Nelson (lighting design), and Tom Morse (sound design) with stage management by Charles Blackwell, Fredric H. Orner, and Loretta Robertson.