The painting on which this musical was based:
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.http://en.wikipedia.org/...
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.
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: