A to Z Musicals ~ ♬ “S” is for SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE




Inspired by the painting entitled “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The Broadway production opened in 1984, and won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and two Tony Awards for design.

Starring Broadway stalwarts Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters, Sunday ran for 604 performances. There was a 2005 revival in London and a 2008 revival on Broadway. There is a scheduled two-month run at the Hudson Theatre (closing on April 23) featuring Jake Gyllenhaal as George.

Here is Mandy Patinkin, ‘finishing the hat.’

Bonus! And here, on the occasion of Sondheim’s 80th birthday, here are Bernadette Peters and Mandy Patinkin to reprise “Move On.”

A to Z Musicals ~ ♬ “E” is for EVITA


Evita, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, is a musical based on the life of Eva Perón, the wife of Argentine president Juan Perón.

The musical had its first production in London in 1978 before premiering on Broadway a year later. Starring Patti LuPone, Mandy Patinkin, and Bob Gunton, Evita captured the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1980.

Here is Patti Lupone singing “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” at the 1980 Grammy Awards.