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Broadway Companies come together to celebrate Stephen Sondheim

Broadway Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Photo by Jenny Anderson
Broadway Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Photo by Jenny Anderson
Broadway Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, Photo by Jenny Anderson

Today, hundreds of members of the Broadway community and casts of Broadway shows came together to celebrate and honor the life of the late Stephen Sondheim. Gathered on the iconic red steps in Duffy Square, participants sang “Sunday” from Sondheim’s celebrated work, Sunday in the Park with George. They included Lin-Manuel MirandaCelia Keenan-BolgerSara BareillesRaúl EsparzaStephen SchwartzLaura BenantiBrian Stokes MitchellJosh GrobanErich BergenLonny PriceJim WaltonTom KittReeve CarneyEva NoblezadaMarc ShaimanLauren PattenKathryn GallagherAbby MuellerJudy KuhnBrandon UranowitzAdam Chanler-BeratTavi GevinsonErin DavieBryan Clark Tyrell, and many more.

This event was co-presented by the Broadway League, the Times Square Alliance, and Playbill. The participants were conducted by Michael J. Moritz. Produced by Erich Bergen.

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In this climate, how does ATG not melt with shame?

You’ll probably have seen — how could you have missed — Sunday in the Park with George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, has postponed opening to 2021 as Theatreland’s closure continues.

Theatre has always been a cash-flow positive business; audiences typically pay months in advance for a show experience.

Sunday in the Park with George

Sunday in the Park with George

I had two tickets for a preview to Sunday in the Park with George.

This email arrived in my inbox.

“You do not need to do anything right now. We will be contacting all affected customers shortly with a full credit voucher worth the entire cost of your original booking, including all fees.”

Credit voucher?!

“You will be the first to be notified with the new season dates and will be able to redeem your voucher against tickets for any future performance of Sunday In The Park With George, as soon as the new booking period for 2021 has been finalised.”

WHAT

“The demand for this production has been unprecedented’ ATG’s appeal for our sympathy continues, “and as a valued ticket holder for this production, please stay tuned for exclusive content, behind the scenes looks, and casting news.”

‘Valued ticket holder’. Christ alive.

Ultimately, it is hard to see ATG’s handling of refund requests as anything less than misrepresenting their legal obligation to refund their customers.

For hard-up customers trying to get their hard-earned money back from ATG is the equivalent of wrestling a pig.

Instead of the coronavirus crisis bringing some kind of reckoning, certain parts of the industry are simply now suffering from their own virus and their very survival.

It comes as little surprise, then, that ATG, as with many other ticketing operators are offering credit vouchers as an alternative in the hope audiences will want to see a show when normal life resumes.

Credit vouchers will be worthless in the event that ATG collapses – this affects your legal rights, comrades.

So, I suggest people state explicitly that they want their money back in full and ask when they can expect the cash to be returned.

Something like this:

“I understand that my show [order number] on [date] has been cancelled postponed indefinitely and I therefore request a full refund. Please advise when I can expect to receive my money. For the avoidance of doubt, I do not accept a credit voucher.”
You are absolutely entitled to a cash refund by law, so for now continue to turn down any offers of an ATG credit voucher and insist on a refund.

Trustworthiness is at stake here and for ATG, the days of being able to just style it out with drinks vouchers and ‘priority booking’ may be numbered.

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ATG Customer services
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ATG CEO
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West End production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE postponed until 2021.

Sunday in the Park with George

The highly anticipated West End season of Sunday in the Park with George, starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony® Award winner Annaleigh Ashford has postponed its season in the West End until further notice, following the temporary closure of theatreland this spring.

Presented by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Riva Marker and Jeanine Tesori in association with New York City Center, this celebrated production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer-winning masterpiece, directed by Sarna Lapine will rebook performances at the Savoy Theatre, London next year, with specific dates and details to be confirmed in due course.

On Sunday 26th April Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal took part in an all-star concert to celebrate the 90th birthday of Stephen Sondheim which was streamed live on Broadway.com. The concert also raised money for the arts charity, ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), which seeks to helps underserved communities in the US access the performing arts. It raised over 260,000 dollars and the concert received over 1 million views in just 24 hours.

Current ticket holders for the postponed 2020 engagement of Sunday In The Park With George will be contacted shortly by their ticket provider with regard to priority access to the future engagement.

The beautiful and transformative revival began at New York City Center, it then transferred for a sold-out limited season at Hudson Theater on Broadway where it was met with universal critical and public acclaim.

Sunday in the Park with George follows painter Georges Seurat (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting – A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Consumed by his need to “finish the hat”, Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot (Annaleigh Ashford), not realising that his actions will reverberate for the next 100 years.

Jake Gyllenhaal said: “We are, of course, disappointed to postpone our upcoming season, but know that safety is a top priority and science must lead the way. London’s West End is incredibly special to me, and it will be an absolute honour to return to the stage so we can eventually share Sunday In The Park With George with audiences in 2021.

Annaleigh Ashford said: “As we all do our part to make the world a safe place for ourselves and our neighbours, it is with a heavy heart that this production of Sunday In The Park With George is postponed. I believe at the end of this storm, we will be together again in “our perfect park” on a beautiful Sunday. ”

James Lapine & Stephen Sondheim write: “We are happy that despite having to postpone the imminent production of Sunday In The Park With George, London audiences will eventually get to see Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford reprising their wonderful performances alongside a terrific British company.”

Sunday in the Park with George was originally produced on Broadway by Ambassador Theatre Group, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Caiola Productions, Jeffrey Finn, Jere Harris and Darren Deverna, J/K/R/S, Claire-Bridget Kenwright, LD Entertainment, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jeanine Tesori, Riva Marker, in association with New York City Center (Arlene Shuler, President & CEO), and Adam Speers – Executive Producer for ATG.

The 2017 Broadway Cast Recording featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford is available to buy, download and stream now.  https://lnk.to/SundayLondonPR

Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford in Sunday in the Park with George at the Savoy Theatre, London from June 2020

Photo credit Matthew Murphy]

Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, Riva Marker and Jeanine Tesori in association with New York City Center have announced that tickets go on sale today for a strictly limited season of Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford and directed by Sarna Lapine, at the Savoy Theatre. Preview performances will begin on 11th June 2020. Official opening night to be confirmed.

Sondheim and Lapine’s masterpiece follows painter Georges Seurat (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting – A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Consumed by his need to “finish the hat”, Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot (Annaleigh Ashford), not realising that his actions will reverberate for the next 100 years.

This beautiful production began at New York City Center, it then transferred for a sold-out limited season at Hudson Theater on Broadway where it was met with universal critical and public acclaim.

Jake Gyllenhaal said: “Performing Sunday in the Park with George with the brilliant Annaleigh Ashford was one of the greatest joys of my career, I’ve also deeply missed the West End and so to be bringing Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical there alongside Annaleigh is both humbling and thrilling.”

Annaleigh Ashford said: “Sharing the masterpiece that is Sunday in the Park with George with audiences, has been one of the greatest pleasures of my artistic life. It is an honour to play Dot again with genius Jake Gyllenhaal and to tell this story of children and art to the great city of London.”

James Lapine & Stephen Sondheim said “We are thrilled that a London audience will get to see the recent Broadway production ofSunday in the Park with George with Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford reprising their extraordinary performances. We also look forward to seeing them joined by a terrific British company.” 

Sunday in the Park with George was originally produced on Broadway by Ambassador Theatre Group, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Caiola Productions, Jeffrey Finn, Jere Harris and Darren Deverna, J/K/R/S, Claire-Bridget Kenwright, LD Entertainment, Benjamin Lowy Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jeanine Tesori, Riva Marker, in association with New York City Center (Arlene Shuler, President & CEO), and Adam Speers – Executive Producer for ATG.

The official opening night and full casting will be announced in due course.

Jake Gyllenhaal will be appearing in Sea Wall / A Life alongside Tom Sturridge for a limited engagement at Hudson Theater on Broadway from July 26th to September 29th.

The 2017 Broadway Cast Recording featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford is available to buy, download and stream now.  https://lnk.to/SundayLondonPR

 

LISTINGS

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE

By Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine

Savoy Theatre
Savoy Court, London WC2R 0ET

First performance: 11th June 2020 at 7.30pm
Final performance: 5
th September 2020 at 7.30pm

Performance schedule: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm

Box office details
www.sundayinthepark.co.uk
0844 871 7687
Prices from £25 (preview prices available)

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Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sunday in The Park With George moves to the Savoy London in June 2020 for a limited 16 week run

Sunday In The Park With George

Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford star in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece Sunday in the Park with George is coming to London for a strictly limited 16 week run at the Savoy Theatre from June 2020.

One of the most acclaimed musicals of all time – Sondheim and Lapine’s masterpiece follows painter Georges Seurat (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Consumed by his need to ‘finish the hat,’ Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot (Annaleigh Ashford), not realizing that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years.

Originating at New York City Centre, the subsequent transfer dazzled audiences and praised by critics, was one of the fastest selling musicals on Broadway. Destined to be the theatrical event of 2020 – be there to witness the musical about the art of making art – this is not your ordinary Sunday.

‘Destined to be forever spoken of with misty-eyed bragging rights by anyone who sees it.’
Ben Brantley, The New York Times

‘GENIUS! This fervent, enticing production reveals something all-too-rare: an abiding faith in the powers of art’
The Wall Street Journal

‘Jake Gyllenhaal is radiant. His searing theatrical presence and unwavering focus seems to consume and illuminate the dark. He has a voice of richly flexible timbre that confidently elicits the most delicate shades of passion and despair.’
The New York Times

‘Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford are breathtakingly good’
Deadline