Opera at USC Presents "Sunday in the Park with George"
Location: Drayton Hall Theater
Address: 1214 College St., Columbia, SC 29208
Times: Friday & Saturday: 7:30 PM | Sunday: 3:00 PM
Admission: Adults $25 | Seniors, USC faculty & staff, military $20 | Students with ID $7
Inspired by Georges Seurat’s famous painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s musical depicts the journey, the joy and the heartbreak of an artist committed to realizing his vision. Considered a masterpiece of Sondheim and Lapine, Sunday in the Park with George merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art. One of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, this moving study of the enigmatic painter won a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
A pioneer of modernist art, Seurat’s huge painting shows a crowd of bourgeois 19th-century Parisians relaxing in a park on their day off. But the piece was also a manifesto by an artist in revolt against Impressionism. Sondheim brings the same fierce, methodical intellectual precision to musical and verbal composition that the artist brought to his pictorial realm.