Following on from the official London launch of An American in Paris, we spoke to cast members of the production to hear more about the show and their preparations ahead of rehearsals, which begin in January 2017.
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An American in Paris features music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas. The stage production had its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, before opening at Broadway's Palace Theatre on 12 April 2015 following previews from 13 March 2015, where it continues to run to fantastic audiences.
The Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, as well as eight Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical. At the 2015 ceremony it went on to win 4 Tony Awards, for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Lighting Design of a Musical and Best Choreography.
The musical is directed and choreographed by British artist Christopher Wheeldon and features set and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Jon Weston.
It has been announced that the London production will star British dancer Leanne Cope who will reprise her Drama Desk and Tony-nominated role of 'Lise Dassin', alongside Robert Fairchild who originated the role of 'Jerry Mulligan' on Broadway.
"There is nothing self conscious about An American in Paris. It’s dazzling and noisy in the best sense of an American musical. At the same time it puts a canny, majestic lift beneath the patter and pas de deux, as Paris, is redeemed."
"This gorgeously danced — and just plain gorgeous — production pays loving tribute to the 1951 movie, to the marriage of music and movement, and to cherished notions about romance that have been a defining element of the American musical theater practically since its inception.”
Charles Isherwood for New York Times
"Wheeldon shows a vibrant vision and buckets of imagination, transforming the 1951 Gene Kelly-Leslie Caron film that inspires the show. He’s also got a cast and design team at the top of their game.”
Joe Dziemianowicz for New York Daily News
"There’s much gorgeous ballet to admire in director-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s Broadway debut, set against attractive, painterly backdrops by Bob Crowley.”
David Cote for Time Out New York
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Based on the 1951 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, An American in Paris brings to life the beauty of post-war Paris with one of the most romantic stage musicals ever seen. World War II Army veteran Jerry Mulligan is eager to begin a new life in the newly-liberated city of Paris, following an army career and brutal realisation of combat.
Dreaming of living in the city of love and making a name for himself as a famous painter, he meets the beautiful Lise, a young Parisian shop girl who has her own secret. Aided by his fellow ex-pat and wealthy American friend Milo Davenport, he throws himself into his new life in the city. As he finds himself falling further for Lise, he begins to realise that his two friends Henri, a French aristocrat and Adam, a Jewish American songwriter, also vie for her romantic attentions.
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The hit Tony Award-winning musical An American in Paris transfers to London's West End in Spring 2017 following critically acclaimed runs in Paris and New York. Based on the much loved film of the same name, this highly original stage musical is a hybrid between classical ballet and Broadway glamour, and features a spectacular score of Gershwin hits staged by the incomparable Christopher Wheeldon of the Royal Ballet and New York City Ballet.
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It has been announced that the London premiere of the Tony nominated musical An American in Paris will open at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End on 1 April 2017, following previews from 4 March 2017, where it is booking to 30 September 2017.