Casting has been announced for the Pasadena Playhouse production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George, the first mainstage production of the theatre’s six-month-long celebration of the works and impact of the late Sondheim.
Directed by Sarna Lapine, performances are scheduled for February 14-March 19. Opening night is February 19.
The cast will be led by Graham Phillips (13, Riverdale, The Good Wife) as George Seurat/George and Krystina Alabado (Mean Girls, American Psycho) as Dot/Marie.
They will be joined by Michael Manuel (Our Town at South Coast Repertory) as Jules/Bob, Emily Tyra (Nice Work If You Can Get It) as Yvonne/Naomi, and Liz Larsen (Beautiful) as Old Lady/Blair.
The company will also include Armand Akbari as Soldier #2/Ensemble, Jenni Barber as Celeste #2/Waitress, Allison Belinkoff as Female Swing, Pippa Blaylock as Louise, Brian Calì as Boatman/Lee, Marc Ginsburg as Ensemble, Jennie Greenberry as Nurse, Savannah L. Jackson as Ensemble, Trevor James as Soldier/Alex, Robert Knight as Louis/Charles, Deborah Lew as Frieda/Betty, Matthew McCoy as Male Swing, Alexandra Melrose as Mrs./Harriet, Brianna Pember as Ensemble, Juliana Sloan as Celeste #1/Waitress, Jimmy Smagula as Mr./Billy, and Jason Michael Snow as Franz/Dennis.
Director Sarna Lapine says, “Sunday in the Park With George has been my favorite musical since childhood. How it resonates with me has changed over time, with age, and along the precarious path of pursuing a livelihood and life in the arts. I continue to be inspired by how personal this show feels to so many people and how like any great classic, it ages well over time and continues to resonate. It’s one of those rare shows where even while working on it, from the inside, I continue to experience what the audience does as if the show erases the divide between creator and observer. It is a show that speaks to the creative burn in all of us."
The production will also have scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Danny Erdberg and Ursula Kwong-Brown, projection design by Tal Yarden, and wig design by Christopher Enlow. The production stage manager is Andrew Neal.
Sunday in the Park with George opened on Broadway, starring Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters, in 1984, subsequently receiving Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama followed in 1985.