Sunday in the Park with George [Bonus Tracks]

Sunday in the Park with George [Bonus Tracks]

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by Bernadette Peters
     
 

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Stephen Sondheim's musical, inspired by the life and work of the French pointillist (or, as he preferred to be known, chromo-luminarist) painter Georges Seurat (1859-1991), is one of his most beguiling and challenging works, but one that won't necessarily appeal to every taste. The music is, on one level, an homage to Seurat's most celebrated painting, "A Sunday

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Stephen Sondheim's musical, inspired by the life and work of the French pointillist (or, as he preferred to be known, chromo-luminarist) painter Georges Seurat (1859-1991), is one of his most beguiling and challenging works, but one that won't necessarily appeal to every taste. The music is, on one level, an homage to Seurat's most celebrated painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte," and could easily be the finest dramatization of a work of art and the life of an artist this side of Alexander Korda's film Rembrandt. But this is also a sweet, sad, profound, and ultimately elevating meditation on life and the creative process. Sunday in the Park with George moves with lightning swiftness between brittle passages, many centered on frustration, and soaring, achingly beautiful sections. It engages in a fair amount of wry comedy in the process, mostly at the expense of its characters, and, more importantly, the worlds of modern art, multimedia art, and new age music, among other '80s cultural fixtures. Clearly we're not talking about Gypsy or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum here, in terms of entertainment (though there are a few broad moments for the ensemble, which include Charles Kimbrough and Brent Spiner), but Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters turn in brilliant performances together on "Color and Light," "We Do Not Belong Together," "Move On," "Children and Art"; the entire ensemble excels in "Sunday," and "Finishing the Hat" is worth the price of the CD by itself. The sound is clean, although the quiet passages could have been mastered at a slightly higher volume level. (Note: Along with Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George is one of a pair of Sondheim musicals that exist in complete form as commercial video releases featuring their original casts).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828766863826
catalogNumber:
68638

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernadette Peters   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mandy Patinkin   Vocals
Julie Andrews   Vocals
Brent Spiner   Vocals
Stephen Collins   Vocals
Karl Bargen   Track Performer
Sandra Billingslea   Track Performer
Ronald Carbone   Track Performer
Gayle Dixon   Track Performer
Katsuko Esaki   Track Performer
Eileen Folson   Track Performer
Paul Gemignani   Conductor,Musical Direction
Richard Henrickson   Track Performer
Michael Hinton   Track Performer
Cecilia Hobbs   Track Performer
Hunt   Track Performer
Eugene J. Moye   Track Performer
Sheila Reinhold   Track Performer
Marilyn Reynolds   Track Performer
Scott   Track Performer
Ron Sell   Track Performer
Wilmer Wise   Track Performer
Michael Rupert   Vocals
American Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Paul Ford   Track Performer
Maxine Roach   Track Performer
Sidney Kaufman   Track Performer
Veronica Salas   Track Performer
Cris Groenendaal   Vocals
Scott Frankel   Vocals
Mary d'Arcy   Vocals
Sue Anne Gershenson   cast
Kurt Knudson   Vocals
William Parry   Vocals
Beth Schwartz-Robinson   Track Performer
Ted Sperling   Track Performer
Robert Westenberg   Vocals
Melanie Vaughan   Vocals
Nancy Opel   Vocals
Evan Paris   Track Performer
Charles Kimbrough   Vocals
Robert Ayers   Track Performer
Barbara Bryne   Vocals
John Jellison   cast
Danielle Ferland   cast
Dana Ivey   Vocals
Rachel York   Vocals
Christopher Durang   Vocals
Broadway Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Richard Henrikson   Track Performer
Judith Moore   Vocals
Leslie Scott   Track Performer
Michelle Rigan   cast
Theodore Sperling   Track Performer
Eugene Moye   Track Performer
Christopher Durand   Vocals
Sydney Kaufman   Track Performer
Beth Schwartz Robinson   Track Performer
Cecelia Hobbs   Track Performer
Paul Ford   Track Performer
Marian Guest   Track Performer
Ronald Sell   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer,Lyricist,Tape Research
Matt Kelly   Tape Research
Didier C. Deutsch   Reissue Producer
Paul Goodman   Engineer
Matthew Kelly   Tape Research
Jay David Saks   Producer
Michael Starobin   Programming
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer,Audio Production
James Lapine   Director
Darcy Proper   Reissue Producer
Anthony Salvatore   Engineer
Scott Frankel   Musical Director
Richard Jay-Alexander   Liner Notes
Mike Kull   Tape Research
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Darcy M. Proper   Reissue Producer

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Sunday in the Park with George [Bonus Tracks] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What got me hooked on Broadway was this musical.I had got the CD for my birthday from.....(I have a bad memory).Anyway I listend to Its Hot Up Here and was astounded.Stephen Sondhime is wonderful!Every track takes you right where its being peformed,Broadway!My personal favorite is Lesson #8 becuse it decepts real relationships with someone when they pass away and the after math on looking over Georges life.But the real star is Bernedette Peters and her Everybody Loves Louie track and Move On.Im sad I missed the revival cast but next time its being peformed you know I will be there.From 1884 to 1984,Sunday Afternoon On the Island of La grand Jatte is the best story to be made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago