The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Bernadette Peters

By Megan Dekic
28 Feb 2014

Peters' next career highlight came in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical Sunday in the Park with George, inspired by George Seurat's painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." The production starred Mandy Patinkin as George, an artist, and Peters as Dot, his mistress.

The show opened May 2, 1984, to mixed reviews. Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote: "It's anyone's guess whether the public will be shocked or delighted by Sunday in the Park. What I do know is that Mr. Sondheim and Mr. Lapine have created an audacious, haunting and, in its own intensely personal way, touching work."

The musical won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Actress in a Musical for Peters. It ran for 604 performances before closing Oct. 13, 1985.

Read the Sunday in the Park with George Playbill here.