Once a staple of bedtime talk shows, Broadway in recent decades usually has taken a back seat to Hollywood. But while it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing fewer movie stars anytime soon, the Gotham return of NBC’s The Tonight Show and Broadway fan Jimmy Fallon — not to mention the ever-growing population of screen stars onstage — has seen an uptick in appearances on the guest couch. Stephen Colbert, also a big fan of live theater, announced Monday that the song-and-dance heavy Gershwin musical An American In Paris will be his first Late Show guest from the neighborhood, slated to appear Friday, September 18. The four-Tony winner is running at the legendary Palace Theatre, just down the block from the CBS Late Show‘s Ed Sullivan Theatre home.
In addition to the performance, the program will feature interviews with director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, in the roles originally played by Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in Vincente Minnelli’s 1951 Oscar winner.