Sunday In The Park With George is a Broadway musical written by the talented Stephen Sondheim.
Inspired by the painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George, merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art.
The Broadway production of the show opened in 1984. The musical won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards, and many Drama Desk Awards.
I have to admit that I have never seen the live show, but I have heard the music many times. My favorite recording is the original Broadway production starring Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters. The orchestration is absolutely beautiful!
I was very sad when I heard that Stephen Sondheim passed away. Every bit of his words and music are beautiful.
I checked for a video of Clay Aiken singing a song by Sondheim but I was not able to find any. I hope Clay will choose to sing Sondheim soon!
Variety posted the following about Sondheim and his music:
…Sondheim racked up seven Tony awards over his career, plus an honorary Tony celebrating his lifetime achievements in 2008. With 19 major musicals and hundreds of songs, it’s nearly impossible to narrow down his impressive repertoire into a brief list…
Clay sang some beautiful Broadway songs when he performed at Bringing Broadway Home.
This event was a benefit concert to celebrate 27 seasons of Broadway at the North Carolina Theater. Lauren Kennedy, Terrance Mann, Sharon Lawrence, and Quiana Parler joined Clay on stage for this remarkable concert. Each artist had performed with the North Carolina Theatre in previous seasons.
Clay opened the concert with “Home” from The Wiz. It was so appropriate because this show was all about the homegrown talent from Raleigh. Clay also sang Mack The Knife, What Kind of Fool Am I, This is the Moment, and Those Magic Changes. He also sang duets with Quiana and Lauren. One of the highlights of the evening was Imagine by John Lennon. The entire ensemble joined together in an amazing performance of the wonderful song.
From all the reviews, the program was amazing and each singer brought so much to the stage.
Did you get to attend this concert? This was one that I didn’t get to attend and I am so sorry. I know I would have enjoyed it. Thank goodness for CLACK!!
When Clay sings this song, it is so beautiful!
And Clay…..sing a Sondheim song for us too!