An American in Paris to End Broadway Run

An American in Paris to End Broadway Run

Andrew Gans

The Tony-winning musical An American in Paris, which opened on Broadway April 12, 2015, following previews that began March 13, will end its run at the Palace Theatre January 1, 2017.

Upon closing, the musical will have played 719 regular performances and 29 previews.

“An American in Paris has been a dream come true for all of us, and we are beyond thrilled with the show’s success,” said the show’s producers, Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman, in a statement. “We are announcing our closing six months ahead so that as many people as possible can plan to experience the uniqueness and beauty of the show before it leaves Broadway. The production is expected to recoup its entire investment before the end of its Broadway run.”

The musical's national tour will open in Boston in October, starring Garen Scribner and Sara Esty, followed by London in March 2017, led by original stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. The Broadway producers are also in discussion with producers in Japan, China and Australia about productions there.

The cast of An American in Paris (Angela Sterling)

The cast of An American in Paris (Angela Sterling)

The new stage incarnation of the classic Gershwin film arrived on Broadway after a Paris world premiere. The new musical, inspired by the Oscar-winning film of the same name, features a score by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas.

An American in Paris received 12 Tony nominations, winning awards for Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Set Design and Best Lighting Design. The musical also won four Drama Desk Awards; four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Musical; the Drama League Award for Best Musical; three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards; and two Theatre World Awards.

The cast currently includes Garen Scribner as Jerry Mulligan, Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin, Veanne Cox as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz as Adam Hochberg and Max von Essen as Henri Baurel with Caitlin Abraham, Alex Aquilino, Kyle Brown, Will Burton, Attila Joey Csiki, Taeler Cyrus, Ashlee Dupré, Sara Esty, Laura Feig, Stephan Hanna, Dimitri Kleioris, Dustin Layton, Gia Mongell, Christy Morton, Charlotte O’Dowd, Candy Olsen, Kristin Piro, Rebecca Riker, Sam Rogers, Shannon Rugani, Bradley Schlagheck, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Sam Strasfeld, Charlie Sutton, Tory Trowbridge, Mindy Wallace, Allison Walsh, Scott Willis and Victor J. Wisehart.

An American in Paris, according to press notes, “transforms the timeless story of love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II - into a new Broadway musical of hope, redemption and romance.”

The creative team also includes Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (sets and costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), Jon Weston (sound), 59 Productions (projections) with the musical score adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher, orchestrations by Christopher Austin, dance arrangements by Sam Davis, musical supervision by Todd Ellison, additional orchestrations by Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott and musical direction by‎ Brad Haak. The associate director is Jacquelin Barrett, and the associate choreographer is Dontee Kiehn. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman.

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