George and Ira are rarely far from a Broadway marquee: Leading dancers from America and the UK, along with one of Broadway‘s most celebrated comediennes will headline a stage adaptation of the Gershwins’ 1951 film classic An American In Paris, slated to open in December at the Théâtre du Châtelet in that city before coming to Broadway next spring. Creatives on the show, in addition to the brothers Gershwin, include Christopher Wheeldon, direction and choreography; Craig Lucas (Prelude To A Kiss), book; Rob Fisher, musical score adaptations and arrangements; Brad Haak, musical director; Christopher Austin, orchestrations; Bob Crowley (Aladdin), sets and costumes; and Natasha Katz (Aladdin), lighting.
Along with the title song, the score includes the standards “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay” and “They Can’t Take That Away.”
New York City Ballet principal dancer Robert Fairchild will take the Gene Kelly role of struggling Yank painter Jerry Mulligan, who woos Lise, the Leslie Caron part, to be played by Royal Ballet First Artist Leanne Cope. Veanne Cox (The City Of Conversation) will play Madame Baurel, who has her own designs on Jerry. The cast also includes Jill Paice (Matilda), Brandon Uranowitz and Max Von Essen.
Show is being produced by Pittsburgh CLO (Van Kaplan) and Théâtre du Châtelet (Jean-Luc Choplin), by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical (Stuart Oken) and Roy Furman.