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Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford Will Lead 'Sunday in the Park with George' on Broadway

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    Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford Will Lead 'Sunday in the Park with George' on Broadway
    Stephanie Berger
    Annaleigh Ashford and Jake Gyllenhaal in City Center's "Sunday and the Park with George" concert.

    Scheduling conflicts caused him to back out of this spring's planned revival of Lanford Wilson's 1987 play "Burn This." But now, it appears actor Jake Gyllenhaal's 2017 calendar has opened up.

    The 35-year-old Oscar nominee will return to Broadway in February in another revival of an acclaimed '80s work — this time, Stephen Sondheim's 1984 musical "Sunday in the Park with George."

    He'll play painter George Seurat in the show, which follows the painter in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the La Grande Jatte." Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford will join Gyllenhaal, as his character's neglected lover Dot.

    The pair first tackled the roles together in a concert staging of the show at New York City Center in October. While that production only ran for a handful of performances, it will transfer — giving fans 10 weeks to catch Gyllenhaal "finishing the hat" on Broadway.

    Previews begin Feb. 11 and an opening is planned for Feb. 23. The show is currently scheduled to close on April 23.

    "Sunday in the Park with George" will re-open the historic Hudson Theatre on West 44th Street — as Gyllenhaal's "Burn This" revival was first scheduled to do. The playhouse originally opened in 1903 and is currently going through an extensive, multimillion-dollar renovation funded by the Ambassador Theatre Group.

    Gyllenhaal, who who made his Broadway debut in 2015's "Constellations," will be direction in this staging by Sarna Lapine — niece to the show's book writer James Lapine. Additional casting and members of the creative team will be announced shortly.

    For tickets and more information, visit thehudsonbroadway.com or call 855-801-5876.

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