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Garen Scribner debuts in An American in Paris tonight

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Garen Scribner assumes the role of Jerry Mulligan from Tony nominee Robert Fairchild in the Broadway production of Gershwin musical An American in Paris tonight. Mr Fairchild played his final performance on 13 March 2016.

Aside from Mr Scribner's Broadway engagement, he will also play the role of Jerry Mulligan in the musical's National Tour, embarking in the Fall of this year.

Garen Scribner is making his Broadway debut. He is a soloist with the San Francisco Ballet and artist of Nederlands Dans Theater I. The Royal New Zealand Ballet's Dimitri Kleioris will also play the role of Jerry Mulligan at various performances, beginning this week.

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).

An American in Paris officially opened at the Palace Theatre on 12 April 2015, following previews from 13 March, and is currently booking through to 20 November 2016.

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 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

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