Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Sunday In The Park With George Revival Opens in London's West End
As John Doyle's celebrated West End revival of Sweeney Todd demonstrated, British audiences have a strong appetite for Stephen Sondheim. And as actress Jenna Russell more than aply demonstrated in last year's amazing London revival of Guys And Dolls as Sarah Brown, she has the knack for breathing exhilarating new life into a time-tested character. Tonight marks the opening of another Sondheim revival, Sunday In The Park With George, with Russell assuming the role of Dot at Wyndham's Theatre, which is owned by none other than Cameron Mackintosh.
Before its transfer, this production at London's Menier Chocolate Factory met with critical raves. While Doyle's Sondheim musical achieved acclaim in part for its actors doubling as the on-stage orchestra, the Sam Buntrock-helmed Sunday In The Park wowed critics by mixing live action with animation to fully bring George Suerot's famous painting, 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" to life. Actor Daniel Evans returns to the title role.
If the critics heap praise on the transferred production, don't be surprised if Broadway is the next stop.
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