The Hudson Theater has been used as a number of different event spaces in recent years, including a recent period as part of a nearby hotel, but will soon return to its original use as a Broadway theater. The New York Times reports the British based Ambassador Theater Group has been working to restore the Hudson to its theater status with a major show to open the first run of performances at the site in 49 years.
In a bid to create a buzz around the newly restored Hudson Theater the Ambassador Group has been rumored to be searching for a major star and top quality performance that will open the site to critical acclaim; the Ambassador Theater group seems to have found their major production in the form of the Jake Gyllenhaal led “Sunday in the Park with George” musical that will be the first production staged at the restored site with previews beginning in February 2017.
This will mark the return to Broadway of Jake Gyllenhaal after a brief series of performances in the play “Constellations” is well known as a movie actor and has recently been linked to a number of Broadway productions; the “Donnie Darko” star was originally linked to a starring role in the play “Burn This” at the same theater, but pulled out of the production because of scheduling difficulties. The 964 seat theater’s opening is one of the most eagerly awaited on Broadway as many experts believe the short run of just ten weeks for “Sunday in the Park with George” my make it difficult for the initial production costs to be recouped.
Jake Gyllenhaal had originally taken the roles of Seurat and Georges in the musical that has music by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine that won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1985 at a four performance benefit in 2016. The critically acclaimed benefit production will be recreated in a more substantial form under the direction of Sarna Lapine, with Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford reprising her roles as Dot and Marie.