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Actor Jake Gyllenhaal surprises fans with his powerful singing voice in upcoming Broadway role
Beloved dramatic actor Jake Gyllenhaal and MOT has proven that when it comes to film he is not a one-note talent: and apparently the same goes for the stage.
In a reprisal of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” Gyllenhaal will be playing George (Georges Seurat), the artist whose painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” inspired Sondheim’s 1984 musical.
Opening later this month, the musical by the 86-year-old Jewish composer and lyricist along with librettist James Lapine, is being directed by Cary Fukunaga (“Beasts of No Nation” and “True Detective”).
In anticipation of opening night on Feb. 23, Gyllenhaal released a sneak peek video on Facebook showing off his limitless versatility as an artist. In the video, the “Nocturnal Animals” star is singing “Finishing the Hat,” a challenging tune that he delivers with shrewd musical instinct and smooth, soulful vocals.
Adding a special layer to the upcoming production, the musical will live on west 44th street at the Hudson Theatre that Gyllenhaal helped to re-open on Wednesday with his co-star Annaleigh Ashford in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to WRAL. "Sunday in the Park with George" will mark the venue's first theatrical production in nearly 50 years.
The “Southpaw” actor, 36, who has starred in as many movies as his age and has been nominated for an Academy Award, made his Broadway debut in 2014 in Payne’s “Constellations.”
Over the clip, Gyllenhaal wrote the caption, “This is what happens with Riva Marker (the badass president of [Gylenhaal Production Company] NineStories) and I invite #CaryJojiFukunaja to rehearsals for our new Broadway musical. Check out this video we made!” #SundayintheParkWithGeorge.”
The video showing the “Nightcrawler” star singing the contemplative, stirring song as he walks down the steps toward the stage has already garnered more than half a million views.
Sunday in the Park with George
Jake Gyllenhaal singing
Finishing the Hat