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Sunday in the Park with George 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | Episode aired 16 June 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 »


Terry Hughes


James Lapine (book)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mandy Patinkin ... Georges Seurat / George
Bernadette Peters ... Dot / Marie
Barbara Bryne Barbara Bryne ... Old Lady / Blair Daniels
Mary D'Arcy Mary D'Arcy ... Celeste #2 / Elaine
Sue Anne Gershenson Sue Anne Gershenson ... Woman / Photographer
Cris Groenendaal Cris Groenendaal ... Louis / Billy Webster
Dana Ivey ... Yvonne / Naomi Eisen
John Jellison John Jellison ... Man with bicycle / Museum Assistant
Charles Kimbrough ... Jules / Bob Greenberg
Frank Kopyc ... Mr. / Lee Randolph
Judith Moore Judith Moore ... Nurse / Mrs. / Harriet Pawling
Nancy Opel ... Frieda / Betty
William Parry William Parry ... Boatman / Charles Redmond
Natalie Polizzi Natalie Polizzi ... Louise
Michele Rigan Michele Rigan ... Girl


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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The original Broadway production of "Sunday in the Park with George" opened at the Booth Theater in New York on May 2, 1984, ran for 604 performances and was nominated for the 1984 Tony Awards for the Best Musical, Book and Score. Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Bryne, Mary D'Arcy, Sue Anne Gershenson, Cris Groenendaal, Dana Ivey, John Jellison, Charles Kimbrough, Kurt Knudson, Judith Moore, Nancy Opel, William Parry, Michele Rigan, Brent Spiner, Melanie Vaughan and Robert Westenberg. Dana Ivey was nominated for the 1984 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and recreated her role in this production. See more »


Georges Seurat: Order. Design. Tension. Balance. Harmony.
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It's Hot Up Here
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Bernadette Peters and the company
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A musical theatre masterpiece.
26 April 2003 | by alison24601See 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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16 June 1986 (USA) See more »

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