London; Shall We Dance? Whether you want to or not, get ready to as one of the best dance shows in Broadway history prepares to take on the West End next season. Another Broadway born musical is slated to head across the pond to London in a new trend that has proved prominent as Broadway turns out hit-after-hit over the course of the past several seasons. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that An American In Paris will receive a West End production in 2017!
Producers of An American In Paris have announced the musical will receive a West End production in Spring 2017! The new Broadway musical will leap into London next year beginning previews March 4th before an official opening on March 21st, 2017 at The Dominion Theatre. Only adding to the excitement of the west End transfer, producers announced original co-stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope (Pictured Right) will reprise their roles in London. Both were Tony Award nominees for their performance in the musical. Many of the creative team members from the Broadway production are slated to transfer to London as well. Thanks to Matthew Murphy for the photo right!
Full casting for the West End production will be announced at a later date!
Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon (Pictured Left) will recreate his work as director and choreographer for the production. Other creative team design members slated to transfer as well include Bob Crowley as scenic designer, 59 Productions as projection designer, Natasha Katz as lighting designer and Jon Weston as sound designer. Nigel Lilley is musical director for the show. The musical score was adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher with Christopher Austin providing orchestrations. Sam Davis provides dance arrangements with Don Sebesky and Bill Elliot providing additional orchestrations. Todd Ellison is musical supervisor.
An American In Paris premiered on Broadway in Spring 2015, officially opening April 12th, at The Palace Theatre in Times Square and is not only still running but is set to launch a major U.S. tour later this year. The show transferred to Broadway following its world premiere and pre-Broadway tryout at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The musical opened to praise from critics and found itself the most nominated production of the 2015 theatre awards season in New York. Specifically, the musical was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and went on to win four.
Luner Lowdown: I’m thrilled London will receive its own production of An American In Paris next year in the West End! This musical, which first bowed last spring on Broadway, not only won over critics and audiences than but has continued to for the past year. It is a show you think will have good dancing, a great score and an okay book. And you’re quickly proved wrong. It is without a doubt the best dancing on Broadway you will see. The book is solid for a new musical and works excellent with the Gershwin song book that proves timeless for Broadway and musicals. Also, Crowley’s scenic design mixed with the projections is the future of Broadway scenic and projection designers working together to create a cohesive design that balances both spectrums. Fairchild and Cope reprising their Tony Award nominated performances is so incredibly exciting that I almost can’t image the show without them. Their passion and performances will without a doubt deliver in London the way they did here as well.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Broadway’s An American In Paris heads to London for its U.K. premiere next spring in the West End! We looking forward to learning more details about this production and will be sure to bring them your way once they have been officially announced!
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