After setting Melbourne alight, the four-time Tony Award®-winning Broadway An American In Pariswill have its final performance at Arts Centre Melbourne on Saturday 23 April and will open in Sydney at Theatre Royal on Friday 29 April.
“It’s intoxicating, as is the genius of George Gershwin that propels all those soaring, swooning bodies.” The Australian
“With its themes of triumph over adversity and romantic escapism, the lavish musical is wonderful entertainment and a tonic for the times.” Limelight Magazine
“Musical theatre gems don’t often shine as brightly as this. It’s a five-star diamond!”Stage Whispers
Hailed as a tour de force for its inventive choreography An American In Paristells the entrancing story of a young American soldier and a beautiful French girl, set against the iconic backdrop of the most romantic city in the world.
Inspired by the Academy Award®-winning MGM film, acclaimed director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon brings the enchantment and magic of Paris alive on stage with popular songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including I Got Rhythm, S Wonderful, But Not For Me and They Can’t Take That Away From Me.
Broadway and West End leads Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope reprise their show-stopping turns as the American GI Jerry Mulligan and the young Parisian dancer Lise Dassin in Australia in An American In Paris, with two of the country’s leading lights Cameron Holmes and Dimity Azoury from The Australian Ballet, alternating in the lead roles.
Theatre royalty Anne Wood plays Madame Baurel, with David Whitney (The Merry Widow, West Side Story on Sydney Harbour) as Monsieur Baurel, Ashleigh Rubenach (Cry-Baby,Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical)as Milo Davenport, Jonathan Hickey (Sweeney Todd, Aspects of Love) asAdam Hochberg, and Sam Ward (The Ten Tenors,Jesus Christ Superstar) as Henri Baurel, plus a 33 strong ensemble of exceptionally talented dancers, singers and actors.
With a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas, and Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley’s swoon-worthyset and costume design, drawing inspiration from some of France’s most famous artists, An American in Paris opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. It has since gone on to tour London’s West End, Tokyo and Beijing.
The musical won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography for Christopher Wheeldon, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Chita Rivera Awards and two Theatre World Awards. It was also included on the ‘Year’s Best’ lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter.
An American In Paris is produced in Australia by GWB Entertainment, The Australian Ballet, Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical & Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet.
Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre
Season Dates: Fri 18 Mar to Sat 23 Apr
Times: Tue 6.30pm, Wed 1pm & 7.30pm, Thu & Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2pm & 7.30pm, Sun 1pm & 6pm
Tickets via americaninparis.com.au