S’Wonderful An American In Paris arrives at restored Dominion Theatre

An American in Paris (original Broadway cast). Images Matthew Murphy.jpg
An American in Paris (original Broadway cast). Images Matthew Murphy.

The vibrant but unashamedly romantic musical, An American In Paris, begins previews in London’s West End later tomorrow.

Christopher Wheeldon’s stunning reinvention of the Oscar-winning film features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a new book by Craig Lucas.

Directly following celebrated engagements in New York and Paris, this critically acclaimed and multi award-winning new musical at the beautifully restored Dominion Theatre on March 21.

The cast is headed by the original, award-winning Broadway stars Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan and Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin.

They are joined by Haydn Oakley, Zoë Rainey, David Seadon-Young and Jane Asher. Ashley Day is the alternate Jerry Mulligan and he will assume the role from Monday 19 June 2017.

The company also features Julian Forsyth and Ashley Andrews, Sophie Apollonia, Zoe Arshamian, Sarah Bakker, James Barton, Alicia Beck, Chrissy Brooke, James Butcher, Jonathan Caguioa, Jennifer Davison, Katie Deacon, Rebecca Fennelly, Sebastian Goffin, Alyn Hawke, Nicky Henshall, Genevieve Heron, Amy Hollins, Frankie Jenna, Justin-Lee Jones, Robin Kent, Kristen McGarrity, Julia J. Nagle, Daniela Norman, Pippa Raine, Aaron Smyth, Todd Talbot, Max Westwell, Jack Wilcox, Carrie Willis, Stuart Winter and Liam Wrate.

Jerry Mulligan is an American GI pursuing his dream to make it as 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.

This new production of An American in Paris premiered in 2014 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to ecstatic reviews before transferring to the Palace Theatre on Broadway, where it became the most awarded musical of the 2015/16 season, including four Tony Awards.

An American in Paris features a number of George and Ira Gershwin’s most iconic songs including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, I’ll Build a Stairway To Paradise 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.

An American In Paris opens at the Dominion Theatre, for previews, from tomorrow with an official opening night of March 21.

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