Cast Announced for B'way Bound American in Paris
Principal casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of Gershwin musical An American in Paris, which is expected to open in New York in early 2015, following a December 2014 premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France.
The cast will include Robert Fairchild 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. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
The production will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, making his Broadway directing debut. It will feature set and costume designs by Bob Crowley, lighting 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 features music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig Lucas. Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film the musical 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.
Robert Fairchild (Jerry Mulligan) has been a member of the New York City Ballet for the past five years, where he has been a principal dancer since 2009. He danced as a special artist in the NY Philharmonic production of Carousel Directed by John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle.
Leanne Cope(Lise Dassin) is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School. Her repertory with the Company has included Clara (The Nutcracker), Princess Louise (Mayerling), pas de six (Giselle), White Cat and Red Riding Hood (The Sleeping Beauty), Mustard Seed (The Dream) and roles in Asphodel Meadows, Concerto, Song of the Earth and Sensorium.
Jill Paice (Milo Davenport) is an experienced actor both on Broadway an in London. Her Broadway credits include: Matilda (Miss Honey), The 39 Steps (Annabella, Pamela, Margaret), Curtains (Niki), The Woman in White (Laura). In London, her West End credits have included Gone with the Wind (Scarlett) and The Woman in White (Laura). Off Broadway highlights include: Death Takes a Holiday (Grazia), Tokio Confidential (Isabella), Company (Susan, NY Philharmonic), Where's Charley (Kitty, Encores), and A Little Night Music (Anne, Roundabout).
Brandon Uranoqitz(Adam Hochberg) was most recently nominated for the 2014 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Arnold Beckoff in Torch Song Trilogy directed by Michael Kahn. Broadway/National tour credits include: Baby, It's You!; the Broadway National Tour of RENT (Michael Greif, dir.); Modell in the pre-Broadway workshops of Diner (Kathleen Marshall, dir.) with a score by Sheryl Crow.
Max Von Essen (Henri Baurel) most recently starred in the Broadway revival of Evita, appearing as Agustin Magaldi and Che. His other Broadway credits include Les Misérables, Dance of the Vampires, the closing company of the original Les Misérables and the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Max recently appeared in the world premiere of Maury Yeston's Death Takes a Holiday at the Roundabout Theater Company and the Transport Group's revival of Michael John LaChiusa's Hello Again.
Veanne Cox (Madame Baurel)'s Broadway credits include: A Free Man of Color; La Cage aux Folles; Caroline, or Change; The Dinner Party; Company; and Smile. Her work off- Broadway includes: Damn Yankees (Encores!); Blind (Rattlestick); Paradise Park (Signature); Spain; Last Easter; The Wooden Breeks (MCC); House and Garden; Labor Day (MTC); The Altruists; Batting Cage; The Waiting Room; and Flora, the Red Menace (Vineyard).
An American in Paris will be presented at Théâtre du Châtelet in English featuring the 26-member Broadway cast with a score including the songs "I Got Rhythm," "'SWonderful," "But Not For Me," "Stairway to Paradise," "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "They Can't Take That Away" and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "2nd Prelude," "2nd Rhapsody" and "An American In Paris."
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