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Jake Gyllenhaal to Sing on Broadway in ‘Sunday in the Park With George’

Variety logo Variety 12/13/2016 Gordon Cox
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Jake Gyllenhaal will get to Broadway this spring after all, leading the cast of a revival of 1984 Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical “Sunday in the Park with George” that opens in February.

Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, the “Masters of Sex” actress who won a 2015 Tony for her performance in “You Can’t Take It with You,” will reprise the lead roles they played in the hot-ticket concert staging of “Sunday in the Park” at City Center in the fall, bringing the production to Ambassador Theater Group’s newly renovated Broadway venue, the Hudson Theater. Gyllenhaal had initially been tapped to reopen the Hudson this spring in a revival of the play “Burn This” before that production was postponed indefinitely.

ATG stepped in to remount “Sunday in the Park,” presented in the fall as a gala event for the Encores! program, at the Hudson. On the producing team for the transfer are Adam Speers for ATG, New York City Center, Jeanine Tesori (the composer who produced the “Sunday in the Park” concert) and Riva Marker.

Gyllenhaal was last on Broadway in the 2015 production of play “Constellations,” which earned him glowing reviews and proved a strong seller for Manhattan Theater Club, the New York nonprofit that produced the show. Also that year, he appeared in an Encores! concert staging of the musical “Little Shop of Horrors.”

In “Sunday in the Park,” directed by Sarna Lapine, Gyllenhaal plays pointillist painter George Seurat in the show’s first act, and then a 1980s New York artist in the second act. He takes on a role originated by Mandy Patinkin, while Ashford plays characters first played by Bernadette Peters.

“Sunday in the Park with George” begins previews Feb. 11 ahead of a Feb. 23 opening at the Hudson Theater, where the show’s ten-week run ends April 23.

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