American Playhouse: Season 5, Episode 19

Sunday in the Park with George (16 Jun. 1986)

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Video production of the Pulitzer-prize winning musical stage production. In the first act, "George", a fictionalized Georges Seurat paints his lover, Dot, and "A Sunday Afternoon on the ... See full summary »

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Georges Seurat / George
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Dot / Marie
Barbara Bryne ...
Old Lady / Blair Daniels
Mary D'Arcy ...
Celeste #2 / Elaine
Sue Anne Gershenson ...
Woman / Photographer
Cris Groenendaal ...
Louis / Billy Webster
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Yvonne / Naomi Eisen
John Jellison ...
Man with bicycle / Museum Assistant
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Jules / Bob Greenberg
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Mr. / Lee Randolph
Judith Moore ...
Nurse / Mrs. / Harriet Pawling
Nancy Opel ...
Frieda / Betty
William Parry ...
Boatman / Charles Redmond
Natalie Polizzi ...
Louise
Michele Rigan ...
Girl
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Video production of the Pulitzer-prize winning musical stage production. In the first act, "George", a fictionalized Georges Seurat paints his lover, Dot, and "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Le Grande Jatte." Characters who become figures and vice versa walk through the story. In Act 2, George's descendant, a sculptor, comes to terms with his grandmother, Life, and Art. Written by Kathy Li

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Sunday in the Park With George won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1985. Only eight musicals have won the Pulitzer Prize in drama - one per decade from the 1930s to the 1990s. The full list is as follows: "Of Thee I Sing" (1932) from the 1930s, "South Pacific" (1950) from the 1940s, "Fiorello!" (1960) from the 1950s, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1962) from the 1960s, "A Chorus Line" (1976) from the 1970s, "Sunday in the Park with George" (1976) from the 1970s, "Rent" (1995) from the 1990s and Next to Normal in the 2000s. The dates shown are for the Broadway productions. See more »

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Georges Seurat: Look, I made a hat where there never was a hat.
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Featured in Broadway: The American Musical (2004) See more »

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The Boatman and George
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Mandy Patinkin, William Parry and company
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A musical theatre masterpiece.
26 April 2003 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Sondheim is a musical genius, and Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters are two of the most brilliant performers I have ever seen, so it is no surprise that this is such an excellent film. The music is gorgeous, and has the ability to touch your soul. The emotions conveyed by Patinkin and Peters are very real, and heartfelt. This makes me cry every time I see it. This show really captures the difficulties and detachment that can be applied to the lives of all artists, not just painters. This musical is well-written, well-cast, and well-acted, and I would highly recommend it, especially to anyone involved in the arts. One warning is that people who are not familliar with Sondheim should go into it with an open mind, because if you are expecting a typical Hollywood musical, it's not what you'll find. If you watch this on DVD, don't miss the commentary by Sondheim, Peters, and Patinkin (and possibly James Lapine), because it gives a lot of nice extra information.


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