Movie star, straphanger and heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal will be returning to City Center this fall, in a special gala concert of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George. The one-night production is set for October 24th, and a "limited" number of tickets will go on sale tomorrow (May 25th) at noon.
The concert will honor business leader and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, with the evening's proceeds going to City Center. Gyllenhaal, who had an acclaimed run in the Broadway play Constellations last year, played Seymour in City Center's Off-Center production of Little Shop of Horrors.
The NY Times' theater critic Ben Brantley was dazzled, saying the show "confirmed that Jake Gyllenhaal, as [Ellen] Greene’s nebbishy love interest, is one of the few American movie stars who was also clearly meant to be a stage star. (Can we keep him?)."
Sunday in the Park with George debuted on Broadway in 1984, with Mandy Patinkin as painter George Seurat, and co-starring Bernadette Peters, Charles Kimbrough and Brent Spiner. The Times calls the musical "one of the most beloved shows in the musical theater canon."
At an 80th birthday celebration for Sondheim in 2010, this rendition of "Sunday" made Sondheim cry: