Magazine article Variety

A Case of Kismet

Magazine article Variety

A Case of Kismet

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the fingerprints of the film industry are all over the new Broadway revival of "Sunday in the Park With George." There's star Jake Gyllenhaal, for one thing. And there's the unheard-of speed with which the show came together: The production at the newly refurbished Hudson Theatre was announced in mid-December, and previews began Feb. 11.

"The film world is a little more fly by the seat of your pants" says Riva Marker, president of Gyllenhaal's Nine Stories Productions and a producer on "Sunday"

The revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical, which also stars Annaleigh Ashford, began life as a threeday concert staging in October for New York's City Center. It wasn't supposed to go beyond that. But when "Burn This," the play in which Gyllenhaal was to have starred for the Hudson's reopening, fell through, Broadway found itself with a movie star and a venue available at the same time. Marker, composer Jeanine Tesori, and Hudson Theatre owner Ambassador Theatre Group jumped. …

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