Witness the 2012/2013 Chicago Shakespeare Theater season get things started by taking in tonight’s opening of Sunday in the Park with George!
This beautiful Pulitzer Prize and Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical drama, which originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1983, has since made its way to Broadway, journeyed to London, and revisited New York and London for revivals.
Now, it graces the Chicago stage during a six-week run, which is already being lauded as a do not miss event!
Sunday in the Park with George tells the story of two artists and their struggles to create art and live life. Inspired by Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte– 1884“, which hangs in Chicago’s own Art Institute, the musical opens with Seurat as he begins the sketches that will become his masterpiece. Dutifully, he works on the painting, ignoring the criticisms he receives on his new technique of rendering the world in small, painted dots. By the end of the first act, Seurat has filled the canvas and we know the secret behind his greatest work: the figures in the painting are people from his own life.
The second act follows his great-grandson George, also an artist, who receives great critical praise at an exhibition opening. Even with his success, though, George has doubts in his work and abilities. Will he be able to work past his insecurity to create the kind of art he wants to create, just like his great-grandfather? You’ll have to buy a ticket to find out!
Sunday in the Park with George runs September 26- November 4. Tickets are available here.
Looking to have your own art-filled Sunday in the Park? After the show, check out Navy Pier’s BIGart exhibition with its larger than life sculptures scattered all over Gateway Park! And then head over to the ground floor outside of Festival Hall to see the one-of-a-kind Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows.
Still in the mood for more art? Go to the Art Institute to see the Seurat painting behind the musical and while on the way, be sure to stop by two of Chicago’s most artistic landmarks, Millennium Park and the photo-worthy Bean!