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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Dot: I Chose and my world was shaken, So what? The choice may have been mistaken... the Choosing was not...
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A theatrical milestone
17 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Filmed by PBS television, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sunday IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE is one of the rare times that a play was filmed using its original cast. Composer Stephan Sondheim is one of the unarguable legends of musical theatre, and, overall, this is perhaps his most complex and personal play. The show brilliantly captures all of the romance and heartbreak that come with the creation of art, and includes some of Sondheim's most memorable songs (the side-splitting title song, "Color and Light," "We Do Not Belong Together," "Child and Art," "Putting It Together," and the absolutely stunning "Move On," just to name a few). In the lead roles, Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters are absolutely terrific, each playing dual roles flawlessly.

The technical quality of PBS' presentation leaves something to be desired, with poor definition and even some shaky camera movements. Just having this theatrical milestone persevered on film, however, makes up for any such technical shortcomings. Highly recommended.


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