Ten Tony Award nominations, one Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Drama, one Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical … all for Stephen Sondheim’s engrossing musical, “Sunday in the Park with George.” One of Sondheim’s most acclaimed musical plays is being revived by the Merrimack Valley’s own, award-winning Pentucket Players Inc. The show, seldom produced by community theaters due to some very technical set requirements as well as a difficult and challenging musical score, the production comes to Haverhill City Hall Auditorium on April 21, 22 and 23.
Noted for garnering the coveted Best Musical Production Award last season from the Eastern Mass Association of Community Theatres (EMACT) for their glittering production of Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” the Pentucket Players is hoping to earn another nomination with “Sunday in the Park.”
The play’s first act is set in 1894, Paris … a series of Sunday afternoons on the Island of La Grande Jatte, telling the story of artist Georges Seurat, who sought to develop a new style of painting. The second act, set in the Chicago Art Institute where the painting now hangs, is set in 1984, and deals with the process of creating art.
Directed by John R. Buzzell with music direction by John Eldridge, who also conducts the 13-piece live orchestra, the show includes a cast of 18. Methuen’s Chris Albrecht serves as technical director and also appears in the cast.
Show times are April 21 and 22 at 7:30pm and April 22 and 23 at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased at pentucket.booktix.com/. There is also a raffle to win a trip to Chicago to see the famous painting that is the subject of the show: go.evertgroovefundraising.com/Sunday-in-the-park.