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Winner of 4 Tony Awards

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May 16 - 21, 2017

This melodious musical, 'inspired by' the splendid Oscar-winning MGM movie that starred Gene Kelly as leading man and choreographer, is a thrilling theatrical adaptation that unspools in ever more wow effects as it progresses.

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Why See An American in Paris?

'S Wonderful

The buoyant An American in Paris is rightly regarded as a high point for the Hollywood musical, but the reputation of this latest stage adaptation might soon surpass it! Winning four Tony Awards during its Broadway run, Christopher Wheeldon's reimagining of the Gershwin musical re-purposes the story for a modern audience, retaining its delicate romantic air while grounding the tale in a more realistic post-war landscape.

Following the fortunes of expat Jerry Mulligan as he tries to make it in Paris, this iconic show contains some of Gershwin's best known numbers, including 'S Wonderful', 'I Got Rhythm' and 'They Can't Take That Away from Me'. It all builds to the climatic title number, a fourteen minute long ballet piece which stands as one of the composer's most impressive feats.

A (Brief) History

The original movie An American in Paris opened in 1951, directed by Vincenti Minnelli (Liza's dad). Earning six Academy Awards, the film marked Gene Kelly's ascension to the top of the Hollywood table, with Singin' in the Rain following a year later. This latest Broadway production premiered, fittingly enough, at Paris' Theatre du Chalet in 2014, before transferring over the Atlantic. It was met with glowing notices by New York critics, who praised its lavish stage design and elegantly conceived ballet sequences.

What is An American in Paris About?

After witnessing the horrors of World War II, American veteran Jerry Mulligan decides a fresh start is in order and moves to Paris. Inspired by the creativity and romance which fills his new hometown's boulevards, Mulligan sets his heart on becoming a painter. Once he gains a wealthy sponsor for a solo exhibition, his career seems to be on the rise, and coupled with the fact he has just met a beautiful girl by the name of Lise, his life can't seem to get any better.

Yet Lise seems unwilling to wholeheartedly return his affection, and when the reason for her reticence is revealed, it threatens to cast a cloud over Jerry's previously joyous existence in the city of love.

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Opening night: 16 May 2017


Suitable for all the family

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Images are from the Broadway production

Cast and Creative


Garen Scribner as Jerry Mulligan (through April 16)
McGee Maddox as Jerry Mulligan (from April 18)
Sara Esty as Lise Dassin
Etai Benson as Adam Hochberg
Emily Ferranti as Milo Davenport
Gayton Scott as Madame Baurel
Nick Spangler as Henri Baurel
Leigh-Ann Esty as Lisa Alternate
Ryan Steele as Jerry Alternate

Ensemble: Karolina Blonski, Brittany Bohn, Stephen Brower, Randy Castillo, Jessica Cohen, Jace Coronado, Barton Cowperthwaite, Alexa De Barr, Erika Hebron, Christopher M. Howard, Colby Q. Lindeman, Nathalie Marrable, Tom Mattingly, Caitlin Meighan, Alida Michal, Don Noble, Sayiga Eugene Peabody, Alexandra Pernice, David Prottas, Emily Ramirez, Danielle Santos, Lucas Segovia, Kyle Vaughn, Laurie Wells, Dana Winkle, Erica Wong & Blake Zelesnikar


Score by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Craig Lucas
Directed & Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon



Best Choreography (Christopher Wheeldon)
Best Orchestrations
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical


Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Robert Fairchild)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Leanne Cope)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Brandon Uranowitz)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Max von Essen)
Best Direction of a Musical (Christopher Wheeldon)
Best Choreography (Christopher Wheeldon)
Best Orchestrations
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical

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3 reviews, average rating: (4.3 Stars)

4.5 star rating

Dee: “Amazing!!”

Dancing, sets, singing! It has it all. Fantastic performance! more

KH: “Innovative set design!”

Favorite singer was Nick Spangler at Henri ..I didnt feel the chemistry... more

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