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Sunday in the Park with George is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The 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 his masterpiece and the people in that picture, the Broadway production opened to mixed reviews in 1984.

The musical won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards for design (and a nomination for Best Musical), numerous Drama Desk Awards, the 1991 Olivier Award for Best Musical and the 2007 Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production. It has enjoyed several major revivals, including the 2005-06 UK production first presented at the Menier Chocolate Factory and its subsequent 2008 Broadway transfer.

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Bernadette Peters was in the original production.

The show is, from this one's perspective, all about how a real artist must create -- and about the havoc they leave behind in their single-minded purposefulness.

An artist is not, usually, a thoughtful creature.  S/he is a driven one: driven to create, create, create, no matter the cost to those around them.

Sondheim probably understood this better than anyone: thus Sunday in the Park with George.

It's classic: after Bernadette Peters' character becomes a successful writer, she sings to Seurat:

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  •  Tips for artists (14+ / 0-)

    both vocal and painterly.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 02:06:30 PM PDT

  •  Magnificent musical. (5+ / 0-)

    Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin and of course the great Sondheim.  Wow.

    My wife and I watched this DVD one night with her elderly mother and the next day took her to Chicago to see the original.  Extraordinary.

    This is truly great art, in so many ways.  Thank you.

    Scisne me e terra ea naso tolere posse?

    by penguins4peace on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 05:21:57 PM PDT

  •  Love, love, love... (4+ / 0-)

    ...this show.  My daughter has this at the top of her list of shows she would like to perform in someday (community theatre, not professional).  I didn't realize there was a DVD, so now I have an idea of what to get her for her birthday!

    •  I am still kicking myself (2+ / 0-)
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      belinda ridgewood, slksfca

      that I didn't go see it when it premiered in NYC.

      I was there...it was there...damn.  Stupid me!

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 06:28:04 PM PDT

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      •  Regrets...I've had a few (3+ / 0-)

        myself.  I only get to NYC every 5-6 years, and I never take in as many shows as I'd like.  And invariably, I skip the shows that go on to win a Tony.  I'd have a small fortune if I could market my bassackwards skill..."you'll know the Tony winners by seeing the shows DoReMI didn't go to see"!

        •  LOL (1+ / 0-)
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          I think the only show I saw in 1984 was True West.  Hated it.  A couple of decades later, I read that it was a particularly bad production.  Nevertheless, I will not shell out any bucks for anything Sam Shepard is involved with.  Ever.  He's a misogynistic hack, imho, and his writing sucks.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 11:09:29 PM PDT

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  •  frack, IE keeps freezing up on the site, (3+ / 0-)

    and Firefox won't let me watch the videos. :(

    I promise I'll look into these later, but there is a limit to the frustrations the Great Orange Satan is dealing out lately.

    "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

    by klompendanser on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 08:04:09 PM PDT

    •  Sorry, klompendanser ~ (2+ / 0-)
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      I don't know what your issue is b/c I did all this via Firefox & had no problems.  Very sorry you can't watch -- Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin are wonderful.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 09:22:17 PM PDT

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    •  Just a thought, kd -- (2+ / 0-)
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      do you need to upgrade your flash player?  flash is one of the few things that, when it pops up and says I need to upgrade, I actually upgrade.  Old flash can impede video watching -- even YT told me once that I'd better upgrade my flash.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 10:14:17 PM PDT

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      •  dunno what the problem is... (1+ / 0-)
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        Youffraita

        videos play just fine in IE on every site except DKos, and in Firefox all I get is a black box where the videos should be. I upgrade flash player fairly regularly, so it may be in some of the other settings. I see in the Help desk that people are starting to have problems with all the browsers now, not just IE.

        Sigh, I'll just have to struggle with IE and compatibility mode later when traffic isn't so high, or maybe just search them out on youtube separately. :(

        "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

        by klompendanser on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 06:55:54 AM PDT

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  •  1 of only 8 musicals to win Pulitzer (3+ / 0-)

    The only thing I don't care for is the Chromolume sequence --- very, very 1980s. But, most newer productions change it. I know we did, and I spent months adapting the music.

    The center section of "Beautiful" (poco piu mosso) with the string trio always gets me, but I wish Tunick would have indicated martele for the bowing. I had my trio do it for our production, and it was literally pulling at one's heart strings.

  •  :o) (2+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, slksfca

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 10:43:50 PM PDT

  •  I love so many of the songs from this show. (1+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita

    So much that I'm always quoting bits of Sondheim's brilliant lyrics, like this snippet which always cracks me up:

    What's that muddle
    In the middle?
    That's the puddle where the poodle did the piddle.
    Never seen it live, but I've had the DVD for years, ever since it was first released. Fantastic show; touching, funny and serious all in one! :-)

    There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

    by slksfca on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 06:59:29 AM PDT

    •  ack! (0+ / 0-)
      That's the puddle where the poodle did the piddle.
      hahahahahahahahahaha

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Tue Aug 14, 2012 at 03:00:12 PM PDT

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