News: Wheeldon's An American in Paris comes to London

Friday 20 May 2016 by Carmel Smith

Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s multi award-winning An American in Paris is coming to London’s Dominion Theatre next spring.

Inspired by the Oscar winning film (which starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) and featuring the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin with book by Craig Lucas, An American in Paris has preview performances from Saturday 4 March 2017 with the official opening night on Tuesday 21 March 2017.

Wheeldon’s production premiered 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, becoming the most awarded musical of the 2015/16 season, including four Tony Awards. A major North American tour begins later this year.

Fresh from originating their roles on Broadway, Robert Fairchild (a New York City Ballet Principal dancer) will play Jerry Mulligan an American GI striving to make it as a painter and British Royal Ballet dancer Leanne Cope is beautiful young dancer Lise Dassin – . These acclaimed, award-winning stars, who will be making their West End debuts, will lead a company of over 50 actors, dancers and musicians. Further West End casting will be announced soon.

An Artistic Associate of the Royal Ballet, Wheeldon received an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to promoting the interests and reputation of British classical and theatrical dance worldwide’. The set and costumes are designed by the celebrated West End and Broadway designer Bob Crowley (The Audience; Mary Poppins) with projections by the prominent British designers 59 Productions (War Horse; London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony). It is produced in London by Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan, Roy Furman, Michael McCabe and Joshua Andrews.

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