London welcomes AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – Broadway’s Tony® Award-winning new musical at the Dominion Theatre from March 2017.
An American in Paris bursts into life on the West End stage for the first time when Christopher Wheeldon’s multi award-winning new Broadway musical comes to London’s Dominion Theatre next spring.
Inspired by the Oscar® winning film and featuring the timeless music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin with book by Craig Lucas, An American in Paris has preview performances from Saturday 4 March 2017 with the official opening night on Tuesday 21 March 2017.
Jerry Mulligan is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war…
An American in Paris features many of George and Ira Gershwin’s most iconic songs including I Got Rhythm, ‘S Wonderful, and They Can’t Take That Away From Me, together with George Gershwin’s sweeping compositions including Concerto in F and An American in Paris.
Fresh from originating their roles on Broadway, Robert Fairchild (a New York City Ballet Principal dancer) will play Jerry Mulligan and British Royal Ballet dancer Leanne Cope will play Lise Dassin. These acclaimed, award-winning stars, who will be making their West End debuts, will lead a company of over 50 actors, dancers and musicians. Further West End casting to be announced.
An American in Paris is directed and choreographed by the internationally renowned, British-born Christopher Wheeldon, recipient of the Tony® Award 2015: Best Choreographer for this production. An Artistic Associate of the Royal Ballet, Wheeldon received an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours ‘for services to promoting the interests and reputation of British classical and theatrical dance worldwide’. The set and costumes are designed by the celebrated West End and Broadway designer Bob Crowley (The Audience; Mary Poppins) with projections by the prominent British designers 59 Productions (War Horse; London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony).
An American in Paris. Original Broadway Cast. Credit Matthew Murphy
Christopher Wheeldon’s stunning reinvention of the MGM film, which starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, premiered in 2014 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to ecstatic reviews before transferring to The Palace Theatre on Broadway, where it now in its second hit year, becoming the most awarded musical of the 2015/16 season, including four Tony® Awards. A major North American tour begins later this year.
With music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas, An American in Paris is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with set and costumes designs by Bob Crowley; lighting by Natasha Katz; sound by Jon Weston and projection designs by 59 Productions. The musical score is adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher with orchestrations by Christopher Austin; dance arrangements by Sam Davis; musical supervision by Todd Ellison; additional orchestrations by Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott and musical direction by Nigel Lilley.
An American in Paris is produced in London by Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan, Roy Furman, Michael McCabe and Joshua Andrews.
Robert Fairchild is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.
An American in Paris London Tickets Information
An American in Paris
268-269 Tottenham Court Road,
London, W1T 7AQ
from Saturday 4th March 2017
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.45pm
Matinees: Thursday and saturday 3.00pm
268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ
The Dominion Theatre
The building was constructed in 1928 and subsequently converted into a cinema in the 1930s.
According to Richard Mander and Joe Mitchenson’s book ‘The Theatres of London’ (1975), this was at one time the site for the St Giles’ Leper Hospital, which was founded in 1101 by Matilda Queen of Henry I. In the year 1764 a brewery was on the site, and then in 1809 Henry Meux took over the brewery, and it was renamed Meux’s Brewery.
Constructed and designed by the architects William and T R Milburn, the auditorium and stage were on a site previously occupied by Meux’s brewery.
On 3rd October 1929 the theatre opened with an American musical comedy based on golf, called Follow Through, by De Sylvia Brown and Henderson. Followed by the musical Silver Wings, neither of which was very successful.
Opening in 1931 was City Lights which was premiered by Charlie Chaplin at the theatre, without any dialogue but with music and sound effects, with Chaplin also making an appearance in front of the audience which contained some of the eras biggest stars (including playwright George Bernard-Shaw. Subsequent live shows followed but in April 1932 a receiver was appointed with a compulsory winding up order being served on 30th May 1932.
During the 1980s the Dominion was home to the musical Time, which necessitated stripping and reconstructing the theatre to accommodate the show’s ground-breaking effects.
From the early 1990s the venue has played host to a number of shows including Jesus Christ Superstar, David Ian and Paul Nicholas’ production of Grease, Scrooge: The Musical, Swan Lake, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a second run of Grease, and Notre Dame de Paris.
In 2002, the musical We Will Rock You, created by Queen guitarist Brian May and British comedian Ben Elton opened. During October 2006 the show was due to close before starting a UK tour, however due to popular demand the show has gone on for many years, and finally closing on 31st May 2014.
Directed by Christopher Renshaw and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, the original West End production opened at the Dominion Theatre on 14 May 2002, with Tony Vincent, Hannah Jane Fox, Sharon D. Clarke and Kerry Ellis in principal roles.
Photographs taken on 9th September 2010 and are copyright to Neil Cheesman