16 years since his breakout role in Donnie Darko, most audiences know Jake Gyllenhaal as a fearless performer. Willingly transforming his body to play everything from a hulking boxer to an unhinged crime journalist, Gyllenhaal has seemingly never met a challenge he isn't willing to take on as a performer. In that sense it shouldn't surprise you that starting this Saturday, the actor will return to Broadway as Georges Seurat in Stephen Sondheim's Pulitzer Prize winning musical Sunday in the Park with George.
Yes, you read that right. Gyllenhaal is performing in his first Broadway musical, taking on an iconic role that earned Mandy Patinkin a Tony nomination when the show premiered in 1984. While his musical theater talents are well known to those lucky enough to witness his earlier concert performances in George this fall or as the nebbish Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors back in 2015, the 10-week Broadway run will introduce these skills to a much wider audience. And earlier this week, Gyllenhaal debuted his musical prowess to the masses when he released an video featuring him performing the show's most iconic song, "Finishing the Hat".
Filmed by Cary Fukunaga, the acclaimed director of True Detective's first season and Beasts of No Nation, the short video follows Gyllenhaal as he sings while explores the play's new home at the recently reopened Hudson Theatre. Starting in the rafters and slowly making his way down to join the orchestra, Gyllenhaal appears undaunted by his latest challenge, beaming triumphantly as he concludes his performance.
But Gyllenhaal won't be performing alone when show begins on the 11th. Joined by a talented cast including Tony Award winners Annaleigh Ashford and Robert Sean Leonard. Given the caliber of names involved in the production as well as the raves it received during its prior concert engagement, expect the show to be a hot ticket, especially after it officially opens February 23rd. But for those out there unable to make it out to New York or score a ticket, at least this video will preserve a small portion of his performance, allowing countless fans to watch and swoon over yet another of the actors talents.