This March, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with Grind Arts Company, will present a fresh interpretation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Sunday in the Park with George." Directed and choreographed by Eamon Foley, this reimagined production is part of the Axelrod's Sondheim Centennial Project.
A Reinvented Masterpiece
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's masterpiece, "Sunday in the Park with George," originally debuted in 1984. The musical, inspired by Georges Seurat's iconic painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte," delves into themes of love, loss, faith, and family. The Axelrod Performing Arts Center's production promises to reintroduce the classic in a novel and captivating light.
Contemporary Ballet Elements and a Star-Studded Cast
Eamon Foley's vision for this production incorporates contemporary ballet elements, adding a new dimension to the original musical. The cast will feature six dancers from the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater, alongside Graham Phillips as George and Talia Suskauer as Dot.
Graham Phillips, known for his roles in "The Good Wife" and "Riverdale," will portray George, the struggling artist trying to balance his passion for his work and his relationships. Talia Suskauer, who recently starred as Elphaba in the national tour of "Wicked," will take on the role of Dot, George's lover and muse.
Creative Team and Performance Dates
Joining Eamon Foley in the creative team is associate director-choreographer Devin Richey and music director Nate Patten. The production will also feature an 11-piece orchestra, ensuring a rich and immersive musical experience.
"Sunday in the Park with George" will run from March 8-24 at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center. With its innovative approach to the classic musical, this production is set to captivate audiences and celebrate the timeless themes that resonate within Sondheim and Lapine's masterpiece.