Wall Streeters Chew Over Miserable Artist’s Lifeby
City Center revives musical about painter Georges Seurat
Mindich, Rosenstein sup in bohemian Parisian setting
"More red, more blue, more beer," Jake Gyllenhaal said Monday night, and he wasn’t talking politics. The actor was on stage at New York City Center, playing the obsessive painter Georges Seurat in the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical "Sunday in the Park with George."
The actors re-create Seurat’s masterpiece, parasols and all, and joke about their immortality. "It’s hot up here forever," says one. "My cigar never goes out," quips another. On a more somber note, we’ve seen the painter struggle.
"I was saying to myself, are we really that miserable?" said the artist Cecily Brown at the post-performance supper at the Plaza.
Wall Streeters had a bohemian Paris setting to chew this over. They included Goldman Sachs partners Martin Chavez, Pablo Salame and Stacy Bash-Polley, and hedge-fund managers Eric Mindich and Barry Rosenstein.
Gyllenhaal sat for dinner with his sister Maggie, his brother-in-law Peter Sarsgaard and his mom, Naomi Foner, who said Jake has always loved to sing.
Indeed, Gyllenhaal’s debut as a singer went over well. "It was unexpected pleasure," said music mogul Clive Davis. "He has a terrific voice."
Gyllenhaal was especially melodious as a dog, singing a "yap" or two, as George imagines the park from a canine’s perspective.
The evening, City Center’s annual gala, raised $2.6 million for the midtown Manhattan theater that offers $15 tickets for the Fall for Dance festival and $25 tickets for Encores! presentations. Philanthropist Adrienne Arsht was honored, and sat for the post-show supper with Bernadette Peters, one of the stars of the original 1984 production on Broadway.
Peters played opposite Mandy Patinkin’s George (as it’s spelled in the show). Her role, Dot, the painter’s model, is played in City Center’s short run through tomorrow by the comic and lovely Annaleigh Ashford. The idea to cast Gyllenhaal came from Jeanine Tesori, composer of "Fun Home" and an artistic adviser at City Center. The cast also features Phylicia Rashad, Phillip Boykin, and Carmen Cusack, who dined next to Salame’s actress daughter Domenica.