Athough he is an Academy Award-nominated movie star, Jake Gyllenhaal has always been a fan of musical theater. In the summer of 2015, he starred in a four-night run of Little Shop of Horrors and then, in October 2016, another four-performance stint of Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece about the clash between love and art, Sunday in the Park with George.
“Performing Sunday in the Park was something like pure joy,” Gyllenhaal told me, calling from his apartment in Manhattan before heading to the Hudson Theatre, where he was about to start a tech rehearsal for the newest production of Sunday in the Park, which will open on February 11 until April 23, 2017. “The short run was too short of a time for joy to be on stage,” he continued. “I wanted to prolong joy, so we’re back. They didn’t have a hard time convincing me.”
What’s the first musical you remember seeing?