Jake Gyllenhaal is currently starring as the title character in Stephen Sondheim‘s Sunday in the Park with George on Broadway.


Critics are raving about the show, specifically about how effective Gyllenhaal is at portraying a man very distant from his emotions. “As George, Gyllenhaal doesn’t have the velvety, Broadway-honed pipes of Mandy Patinkin, who originated the role, but his voice is surprisingly warm and resonant,” writes one critic. “He brings a twitchy, introverted intensity to the part, hunching over his sketchpad and flinching away from Dot as he works, then coming to life when he’s alone and able to submerse himself in the empathetic work of his art. (Gyllenhaal makes a meal out of the slight comic number where George imagines the inner life of two dogs as he sketches them.)”

This is not the Hollywood actor’s first foray into Broadway, as he previously appeared in Constellations. At the moment, the show is sold out until the end of April.

Many celebs appeared at the opening night on Thursday in support of Gyllenhaal, including sister Maggie Gyllenhaal and husband Peter Sarsgaard. In addition, Uzo AdubaFran DrescherHolland TaylorRosie O’DonnellHolly Hunter, and Bernadette Peters were in attendance.


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