(Applause Libretto Library). This 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical was inspired by the painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. A complex work revolving around a fictionalized Seurat immersed in single-minded concentration while painting the masterpiece, the production has evolved into a meditation on art, emotional connection, and community. This publication contains the entire script of the musical. " Sunday is itself a modernist creation, perhaps the first truly modernist work of musical theatre that Broadway has produced ... a watershed event that demands nothing less than a retrospective, even revisionist, look at the development of the serious Broadway musical." Frank Rich, The New York Times Magazine
About the Author
Stephen Sondheim has written award-winning music and lyrics for theater, film and television. He is also the coauthor of the film The Last of Sheila and the play Getting Away with Murder. Sondheim is on the council of the Dramatists Guild of America, having served as its president from 1973 to 1981. He lives in New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Sunday in the Park with George" is like fine wine: Not everyone drinks it, and it is an acquired taste. "Sunday" is written in a pointilist manner, just as the subject of the play, 19th century French painter Georges Seurat, made his paintings. A truly post-modernist musical, "Sunday" brings paintings to life in magic realism. Despite such uniquness compared to the average musical play, it is one of the finest such ever created. This work renders a popular one like "Phantom of the Opera" a sophomoric excercise. The lyric quality ranges from above-average Broadway fare (like the number "Putting it Together") to some of the highest poetry to be sung on a stage ("Beautiful"). While the script suffers a thinness in Act Two, Act One and the finale more than compensate. This metaphysical play has been known to wither audience members to tears. "Sunday" has much to express not just about art, but of the art of life. It is a written and performed work well worth enjoying.