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Discover the beauty, colour and songs inspired by 19th century Parisian park life through the musical genius of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George. Victorian Opera's brand new production of this Pulitzer Prize winning musical brings to life the characters of Georges Seurat's famous impressionist masterpiece A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Featuring the talents of opera and musical theatre favourites, including Alexander Lewis, Christina O'Neill, Nancye Hayes and Antoinette Halloran, Director Stuart Maunder and Conductor Phoebe Briggs. An unforgettable ode to the ‘art of making art’. Image © Martin Philbey
Set & Costume Designer
an Old Lady/Blair Daniels
Nurse/Mrs. an American couple/Harriet Pawling
Monique Heath/Emily Chessum
Franz/Mr. - an American couple/Dennis
Man lying on bank/Museum Assistant
Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne
2 hours 50 minutes with one interval
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2 hours 15 minutes with one interval
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In Conversations with...Sunday in the Park with George. A resource for VCE Theatre Studies 4 featuring Stuart Maunder (Director), Christina O'Neill (Dot), Alexander Lewis (George) and Meg Upton (Arts Education Consultant).
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Did you miss out on opening night? We captured the excitement of the night in our blog with a visual snapshot! You can also find out more about the story of Sunday in the Park with George. Read the blog >
Sunday in the Park with George
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Book by James Lapine.
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Originally Produced on Broadway by The Shubert Organisation and Emanuel Azenberg.
By arrangement with Playwrights Horizon, Inc. New York City which produced the original production of Sunday In The Park with George in 1983.
By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY).
During the period from1884-1886 Georges Seurat painted the iconic A Sunday on La Grande Jatte – 1884, which was to become one of the world’s most recognisable images. The painting exemplifies the ground-breaking technique Seurat developed known as Neo-Impressionism or Pointillism, the meticulous practice of painting tiny brushstrokes of pure opposing colours side by side to create a luminous sparkling effect. Source: Renee Atkinson, NGV Education
Sunday in the Park with George depicts a magical snapshot of imagined stories of the characters depicted in the famous painting, including a love affair between the artist and his long suffering muse, Dot – the woman in the foreground carrying the parasol.
Georges Seurat, French, 1859-1891, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -- 1884, 1884–86, Oil on canvas, 81 3/4 x 121 1/4 in. (207.5 x 308.1 cm), Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, 1926.224, The Art Institute of Chicago. Photography © The Art Institute of Chicago.
Last Sunday, our Patrons enjoyed an afternoon with our Sunday in the Park with George Head of Costume, Ross Hall. Head to our blog for a sneak peek of the amazing Old Lady costume. Visit our blog >
These boots are made for walking...in the park! Only 8 days til opening night! Book your tickets >
Our Head of Music and Conductor for Sunday in the Park with George, Phoebe Briggs, writes a blog for the National Gallery of Victoria exploring the connection between the music score, and the Impressionist style of Sunday on La Grande Jatte! Read her blog here >
In the spirit of Sunday in the Park with George, we're looking at Melbourne's landmarks in 'Impressionist Vision'
Royal Exhibition Building
State Library of Victoria
The 12 Apostles
Arts Centre Melbourne
Today's beautiful weather has left us counting down the days til Sunday - "The Day Off!" Not too long to go! Sunday in the Park with George opens 20 July. Call Arts Centre Melbourne on 1300 182 183 or BOOK ONLINE >
Meet our very own 'George' played by Alexander Lewis. Check out the The Age's catch up with Alex to learn more about 'Sunday under the surface'
Source: Renee Atkinson, NGV Education
The sun is shining - the perfect time to bring out your parasol!
Weather held out enough for us to do a special Sunday in the Park with George shoot at the Royal Botanical Gardens with our very own Dot (Christina O'Neill) - here's a behind-the-scenes snap
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Find out more the work, what to expect during your opera experience and post opera reflection. Study the work, discover its inspiration, learn about the composers and explore the main themes found in our Education Resources.