Sunday in the Park with George in pictures

20 Jul 2013

Victorian Opera's new production of this Pulitzer Prize winning musical brings to life the characters of Georges Seurat's famous impressionist masterpiece A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. See how it unfolds.

ACT I

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

GEORGE
White. A blank page or canvas. The challenge: bring order to the whole.

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

DOT
There are worse things
Than staring at the water
As you're posing for a picture
Being painted by your lover
In the middle of the summer
On an island in the river on a Sunday

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

JULES
They say he is working on an enormous canvas.

YVONNE
I heard somewhere he's painting little specks.

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

DOT
I'd be in the follies.
I'd be in the cabaret.
Gentlemen in silk hats
And linen spats
Would wait with flowers.
I would make them wait for hours.

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

GEORGE
Finishing the hat
How you have to finish the hat
How you have to watch the rest of the world
From a window
While you finish the hat.

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

DOT
No,
You are complete, George
You are your own.
We do not belong together.
You are complete, George.
You all alone.

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

GEORGE
You watch
While I revise the world.

OLD LADY
Changing
As we sit here
Quick, draw it all
Georgie.

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

ALL
People strolling through the trees
Of a small suburban park
On an island in the river
On an ordinary Sunday.

ACT 2

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

MARIE
When I was young, Mother loved telling me tales of her life in France, and of her work as an artist's model.

GEORGE
Her Mother showed her this great painting and pointed to this woman and said that it was she.

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

GEORGE
Piece by piece —
Only way to make a work of art.
Every moment makes a contribution,
Every little detail plays a part.

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

MARIE
You would have liked him,
Mama, you would.
Mama, he makes things —
Mama, they're good.
Just as you said from the start:
Children and Art...

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

GEORGE
George is afraid
George sees the park.
George sees it dying.
George too may fade,
Leaving no mark,
Just passing through.
Just like the people
Out strolling on Sunday ...

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Victorian Opera's 2013 production of Sunday in the Park with George. Photo: Jeff Busby

DOT
Stop worrying if your vision
Is new.
Let others make that decision —
They usually do.
You keep moving on.

- THE END -

Sunday in the Park with George

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Book by James Lapine.

Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Originally Produced on Broadway by The Shubert Organisation and Emanuel Azenberg.

By arrangement with Playwrights Horizon, Inc. New York City which produced the original production of Sunday In The Park with George in 1983.

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd Exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY).

Sunday in the Park with George was part of Victorian Opera's Season 2013.