Christopher Wheeldon’s sensational Tony-Award-winning Broadway musical, An American In Paris is coming to London next year. It is set to open at the Dominion Theatre in March.
Inspired by the Oscar-winning film, and featuring the timeless music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin, with book by Craig Lucas, An American in Paris will open in preview on March 4, with the official opening night on March 21.
Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility.
Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war.
An American in Paris features many of George and Ira Gershwin’s most iconic songs including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, and They Can’t Take That Away From Me, together with George Gershwin’s sweeping compositions including Concerto in F and An American in Paris.
Fresh from originating their roles on Broadway, Robert Fairchild (a New York City Ballet Principal dancer) will play Jerry Mulligan and British Royal Ballet dancer Leanne Cope will play Lise Dassin.
The award-winning stars, who will be making their West End débuts, will lead a company of over 50 actors, dancers and musicians. Further West End casting to be announced.
An American in Paris is directed and choreographed by the internationally renowned, British-born Christopher Wheeldon.
Wheeldon’s stunning reinvention of the MGM film, which starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, premièred in 2014 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to ecstatic reviews before transferring to The Palace Theatre on Broadway, where it now in its second hit year.
An American In Paris opens at the Dominion Theatre in March 2017.