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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Mandy Patinkin was nominated for the 1984 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for "Sunday in the Park with George" for roles he recreated in this filmed production. See more »

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Dot: Yes, George, run to your work. Hide behind your painting. I have come to tell you I am leaving because I thought you might care to know. Foolish of me, because you care about nothing.
Georges Seurat: I care about many things.
Dot: Things, not people.
Georges Seurat: People too. I cannot divide my feelings up as neatly as you, and I am not hiding behind my canvas, I am living in it!
Dot: What you care for is yourself.
Georges Seurat: I care for this painting. You will be in this painting.
Dot: I am something you can use.
Georges Seurat: I had thought you understood...
Dot: It's...
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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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The Nature of Art and Artists
27 November 2000 | by (L.A.) – See all my reviews

If you or someone in your life is an artist (regardless of the art form), this is a must-see. Sondheim and Lapine have illuminated the nature of art and artists in a way I've never seen surpassed. Yes, the songs are wonderful and Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin, the consummate interpreters of Sondheim, have never been better. But the insight into the often perplexing and frustrating world of the arts goes so much deeper. This is not a mere entertainment (though entertain it does) but a soul-searching treatise on what we do and why we are so compelled to do it. Watch this one and be prepared to see life a little differently after the experience.


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