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posted by [personal profile] michelleann68 at 06:43pm on 04/05/2009 under
well.. LJ ate my long write up

Here is the short one.

Saw Sunday in the Park with George, and visually it was the most amazing thing I have seen on stage.

Here is the write up on Youtube
Only three cities in the world will experience this exciting new production of Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George. Developed in London and transferred to Broadway, this Pulitzer Prize-winning love story (inspired by the life and work of impressionist painter Georges Seurat) comes to Seattle April 21-May 10. Featuring revolutionary state-of-the-art scenic design the New York Post hailed "Unmissable! One of the most visually amazing shows ever!" this moving story answers the question: What does it take to create a masterpiece? Everything you have. Broadway's Hugh Panaro stars as George with Seattle favorite Billie Wildrick in "the role of a lifetime" as Dot/Marie

It is well worh the 8 min view here. Look for the dog he is just awesome. If you have questions about how they do it, and no it is not just rear projection- go ahead and ask, I went to the talk back and they talked about the creation.

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posted by [identity profile] evila-elf.livejournal.com at 08:37am on 05/05/2009
Wow, very impressive set! From the clips, nothing in the characters or story seemed to draw (haha) me in, but it would definitely be worth a go just for the set. How was the LA one you saw? Similar at all?

posted by [identity profile] michelleann68.livejournal.com at 10:39pm on 05/05/2009
Musically, I think it is a hard show, the number of songs you could actually sing along with are limited and since it is disjointed, it is about putting things together, it has a halting nature. Visually it is astounding.

The one in LA was a 50 seat theater and no stage, so you felt like you were as much a part of the painting as the actors at time. They had a projector to show the painting, but nothing at all as interactive as this production.
posted by [identity profile] daasgrrl.livejournal.com at 03:00am on 06/05/2009
I have the video of the original production, but it looks like they've done a lot with the staging. Did you enjoy it? I love the first act, but tend to nod off during the second XD
posted by [identity profile] michelleann68.livejournal.com at 03:12am on 06/05/2009
I have not seen the original. I just saw a local production in LA a few years ago.

The musical numbers seemed different lengths. I remember singing in my head "dot dot dot dot dot" over and over and over, but it did not seem so prevalent in this one.

From the talk back they said that the London and Broadway revival were done with 5 instruments and the Seattle version took advantage of the additional space and had 11. So, I think it sounded more discordant - if that is even using the word correctly. I know this is not really a toe tapping musical, but it seemed like the LA one I came out remembering the music so much more, it seemed to have a more straight forward orchestration, at times in Seattle, it sounded like the orchestra was still tuning up (which I am guessing is the point)

The staging was amazing, honestly just to watch all the changes that were constantly happening was awesome and brought it all to life, but then it was a little distracting as well.

The best way I can sum it up, in LA I felt like I was part of the art and could see the artist. In Seattle, I felt like an art critic and felt emotionally more distant. (Even if I cried during "Move on"- just a little bit)

Does that help at all?
posted by [identity profile] daasgrrl.livejournal.com at 04:49am on 06/05/2009
LOL, I think you described it very well - not that I've ever seen a production on stage :)


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