By Rashidat Akashat With Agency Reports
Hudson Theatre which is one of New York’s oldest, debuts a play for the first time in 50 years, with movie star like Jake Gyllenhaal making a Broadway performance in February.
The performance is a musical about 19th century French artist Georges Seurat.
During the historic 114 years of the Hudson theatre glory, legends like Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Sammy Davis Jr., Carol Burnett and a long line of rock stars all passed through its dressing rooms.
Pioneer Owner Of Hudson Theatre A Victim Of RMS Titanic Loss
In the history of the tragic loss of its original owner, Henry B. Harris who died in 1912 on the RMS Titanic, his wife made it to the lifeboat before the ship sank, CBS Radio and NBC broadcast there 1934 to 1943 and 1954, respectively.
In the adventurous Sixties, it hosted burlesque shows and in the 1980s it became a venue for rock concerts. More recently, until 2015, it was used for special events by Millennium Hotels.
The Theatre Awakes With A Revival of 1984 Broadway Production
For its rebirth as a theatre, the Hudson is staging ‘Sunday in the Park with George’, a revival of a 1984 Broadway production, based on the book by James Lapine, with music and lyrics written by Stephen Sondheim.
“I’m thrilled, thrilled to be making my Broadway musical debut here at the Hudson Theatre, and in a Sondheim and Lapine musical, so there’s no pressure,” Gyllenhaal said.
Gyllenhaal portrays Seurat as he paints his most famous work, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte”. Tony Award-winner Annaleigh Ashford, plays Seurat’s neglected lover Dot.
The production opens on Feb. 23, and is scheduled to run through April 23.