Across the pond we go to the world premiere of a brand new musical being created from a classic Hollywood film! However, this time we aren’t headed to London, we’re head to Paris, France! How fitting for the world premiere of a show to take place in a city that’s name is in it’s very title. The classic Hollywood film An American In Paris is set to come to life on the stage in Europe before heading to New York for a bow on Broadway. And while this may just seem like any other new musical, this one has lots of surprises in store as this beloved film comes to life on stage in a world premiere musical! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that full casting and more has been announced for the Broadway-bound musical, An American In Paris!
An American In Paris is a new musical that features a score by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning film of the same name, tells the story of hope, redemption and romance in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II. The musical score is set to include audience favorites such as “I Got Rhythm,” “‘SWonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay”, “They Can’t Take That Away”. The production will also include orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “2nd Prelude,” “2nd Rhapsody” and “An American In Paris.”
Producers of the Broadway-bound musical, An American Paris, announced full casting and details regarding the production’s world premiere and Broadway engagement. An American In Paris will stage it’s world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (Pictured Above Right) from November 22nd through December 10th, 2014. The musical will be presented in English in Paris. The musical is set to arrive in New York for the spring 2015 Broadway season. The show will take up residence in the heart of Times Square at The Palace Theatre. Previews are scheduled to begin March 13th, 2015 with the production officially opening on April 12th, 2015.
Leading An American In Paris will be Robert Fairchild who will star as Jerry Mulligan, Leanne Cope who will star as Lise Dassin, Veanne Cox who will star as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice who will star as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz who will star as Adam Hochberg and Max von Essen who will star as Henri Baurel.
The ensemble of the show is set to include Caitlin Abraham, Will Burton, Michael Cusumano, Attila Joey Csiki, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Ashlee Dupré, Rebecca Eichenberger, Sara Esty, Laura Feig, Jennie Ford, Kurt Froman, Heather Lang, Dustin Layton, Nathan Madden, Gia Mongell, Candy Olsen, Rebecca Riker, Adam Rogers, Sam Rogers, Shannon Marie Rugani, Garen Scribner, Sam Strasfeld, Sarrah Strimel, Charlie Sutton, Allison Walsh, Scott Willis and Victor J. Wisehart.
Christopher Wheeldon (Pictured Right) will lead the creative team for An American In Paris as the director and choreographer of the production. Brad Haak is the production’s musical director. The rest of the creative team includes Bob Crowley as scenic and costume designer, Natasha Katz as lighting designer, Jon Weston as sound designer and 59 Productions as animation and projection designer. The musical score is adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher. Christopher Austin has provided orchestrations and Sam Davis has provided dance arrangements. Jacquelin Barrett is associate director and Dontee Kiehn is associate choreographer. Telsey+Company/Rachel Hoffman casted the production.
When I first heard the news that An American In Paris would be adapted for the stage, I thought it was a fantastic idea! This movie is one of the best known classics of all time. A stage adaptation musical only makes sense. I am looking forward to seeing this production as it is a completely new piece of theatre but will be using iconic songs from the movie in its production. Song’s such as “I Got Rhythm”, “SWonderful” and “They Can’t Take That Away” are just a few Broadway fans will know. It will be interesting to see how it reads considering Bullets Over Broadway went this same route last season which did not fare well for the piece which closed this August just after a few months of performances. However, An American In Paris is more iconic and features more songs known and loved by an older generation. Yes, I’m talking about those who will be playing full price for those seats! The production also sets itself apart from other musicals by being a very large dance piece as well. The famous “An American In Paris” ballet, which runs 16 minutes long in the film, will come to life on the stage through a number of orchestral arrangements throughout the production. To say the least, I’m definitely excited about An American In Paris coming to the stage as it presents itself not only as a new work, but a new style of a musical for Broadway and the world to experience.
Luner on Theatre will continue to bring you updates on the Broadway-bound An American In Paris musical as it makes its world premiere across the pond and then heads to New York! Rehearsals have begun and we will be sure to bring you any coverage we can, leading up to its Broadway opening night! For more information, visit the Théâtre du Châtelet’s Official Website or Facebook Page. And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!