Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:
The theme for the first selections in the Club’s twelfth year is:
“The stuff of life–bread & circus, bread & water, & bread & wine.”
Compounding the audacious creative musical choices this month, we are excited about presenting another Stephen Sondheim musical, with book by James Lapine. The original Broadway production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE was mounted in 1984, running 604 performances. In 1985, it won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, a feat only 8 musicals have ever achieved since 1932. In 1986, the show was filmed for PBS AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE, Season 5, episode 19. The DVD of the videotape was not released until 2002.
The play was produced in London in 1990, went back to Broadway in 1994, was revived in London in 2006, then revived on Broadway in 2008. Mandy Patinkin & Bernadette Peters were nominated for Tonys for their roles.
The AP/PBS television production was directed by the well know theatrical & television director, Terry Hughes.
This was one of the few times that a show of this caliber was filmed entirely with its original cast.
Hughes, an Englishman, chooses to live in Texas, commuting to New York & LA for most of this work. He has directed 64 film projects, most of them for television, since 1964; including THE GIN GAME (1981), THE BUTCHER’S WIFE (1991), PEARL: the mini-series (1996), FRIENDS episodes 1996-2003, & 100 episodes of THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN (1997-2001).
The cinematography was done by veteran cameraman, Hector Ramirez, who has lensed 158 television shows, & has won 18 Primetime Emmys. He has been involved shooting the Academy Awards Shows since 1995, most of the Golden Globes, & 127 episodes of DANCING WITH THE STARS.
Rotten Tomatoes listed the 1986 AP/PBS taped show, but since it was a one night telecast, there were no critical reviews. They did report 89% Audience Approval though.
A viewer on IMDb (roger&judy) wrote: “Sondheim & Lapine have illuminated the nature of Art, & artists, in a way I have never seen surpassed. The songs are wonderful, &
Mandy Patinkin & Bernadette Peters, consummate interpreters of Sondheim, have never been better.”
Another viewer on IMDB wrote: “Director Terry Hughes has lovingly captured the intimate story on video, & has given us close-ups & sweeping camera shots that were not possible to experience just seeing the show on stage.”
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (1986)
Directed by Terry Hughes @ 146 minutes.
Written by James Lapine
Starring Mandy Pantinkin, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Bryne, & Brent Spiner.
Synopsis: This is an American Playhouse television adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical production, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
In the First Act, Georges, an artist, paints his lover, Dot, along with others in his famous work, A Sunday afternoon on the Island of Le Grande.
In Act 2, we meet one of George’s descendants, a sculptor, who is dealing with the issues of his grandmother, Life, & Art.
We have been very fortunate to find a DVD copy of this rarely seen performance,
so mark you calendars for this Friday, January 9, 2015, & join the Tacoma Film Club in watching Stephen Sondheim’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (1986).
It will screen at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for our meetings & events, located at 206 North J. Street, on the corner of Division & J Streets, across from the Group Health hospital.
Join us early, around 6:15 p.m., & come downstairs to the kitchen area to enjoy fun, fellowship, & perhaps some snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others. Please remember to clean up after yourselves before coming upstairs to view the film.
No food or drink is allowed in the sanctuary. There is a donation box near the entrance, & all funds collected assist the Club in renting the space, & financing the screening license necessary to run a movie for the public; plus the cost of our parties, business cards, flyers, & membership cards. Diane will be there will the new TFC 2015 membership åcards, collecting only 20 dollars for the entire year of screenings & events.
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE will screen at 7:15 p.m., & it runs long, at 146 minutes. So it will be over before 10 p.m. See you at the movies!