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An American in Paris sets Broadway closing date

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Producers of the Broadway production of An American in Paris have announced a closing date of 1 January 2017 at the Palace Theatre. Upon closing, the musical will have played a total of 719 regular performances and 29 previews.

Producers Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan & Roy Furman released the following statement:

"An American in Paris has been a dream come true for all of us, and we are beyond thrilled with the show's success. 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... An American in Paris' journey does not end on Broadway in January. We open our national tour in Boston in October, starring Garen Scribner and Sara Esty, followed by London in March, 2017 led by our original stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. We are also in discussions with producers in Japan, China and Australia about productions there... It's been a remarkable journey, from the very first readings, workshops and rehearsals in New York, to our unprecedented run in Paris and back to New York for a long and healthy run on Broadway. And we are tremendously thankful to every person associated with our show."
An American in Paris officially opened at the Palace Theatre on 12 April 2015, following previews from 13 March.

Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony nominee Craig Lucas.

Synopsis: "Eager to begin his life anew after the brutality of combat, World War II Army veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. With the assistance of fellow ex-pat Milo Davenport, a wealthy American with a past she wishes to forget, Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret. Soon it becomes clear that Jerry's friends-Adam, a Jewish American composer, and Henri, a Parisian aristocrat-also vie for Lise's love."

The principal cast of An American in Paris currently includes Garen Scribner (Jerry Mulligan), Tony nominee Leanne Cope (Lise Dassin), Tony nominee Veanne Cox (Madame Baurel), Jill Paice (Milo Davenport), Tony nominee Brandon Uranowitz (Adam Hochberg), and Tony nominee Max Von Essen (Henri Baurel).

The creative team behind An American in Paris features scenic and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz, and sound design by Jon Weston. Gershwin's musical score has been adapted and arranged by Rob Fisher, with orchestrations by Christopher Austin and musical direction by Brad Haak.

An American in Paris is produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Darren Bagert, Carole L. Haber, James Nederlander, Five Cent Productions, Michael Leavitt, Apples and Oranges Studios/Dominion Pictures, Roger Berlind/Arch Road, Simone Genatt Haft/Marc Routh, Triptyk Studios/Spencer Ross, Ed Walson/Peter May, Adam Zotovich/Celia Atkin, Eugene Beard/Julie Boardman/Kallish-Weinstein, Stuart Ditsky/Jim Herbert/Sandy Robertson, Suzanne Friedman/Independent Presenters Network/Wonderful Productions, The Leonore S. Gershwin 1987 Trust/Jenkins-Taylor/Proctors, Harriet Newman Leve/Jane Dubin/Sarahbeth Grossman, Caiola Productions/Jennifer Isaacson/Raise the Curtain, by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet.

- by Tom Millward

Garen Scribner & Leanne Cope in An American in Paris More Production Photos

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