The actor was only supposed to appear in the show during a special run held at New York's City Center in October (16), but when Burn This, his next play, failed to make it into production, he was asked to star in a full scale revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical instead.

"The way this thing came together, it felt almost like fate was pushing for it to happen," Gyllenhaal tells Variety.

The show, written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, gives the Oscar nominee a chance to show off his impressive singing voice.

Gyllenhaal, who made his Broadway debut in the 2014 drama Constellations, sees more stage work in his future, and notes there's one role in particular he'd like to tackle.

"Tevye would be really great," he says, referring to the central character in the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof.

Sunday in the Park with George premiered last week (11Feb17) and is set to run until late April (17).