Boston, MA – AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most-awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, will open its national tour with a two-week engagement at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston, October 25-November 6, 2016. Press night is set for Thursday, October 27.
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
“We are delighted to open the first national tour of Christopher Wheeldon’s extraordinary production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Boston,” said producer Stuart Oken. “Citi Performing Arts Center has been a big supporter of this project from the very beginning, and we know the people of Boston are going to fall in love with this show.”
The engagement is presented in Boston by Citi Preforming Arts Center and Madison Square Garden Entertainment. The Citi Performing Arts Center is a producer of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS as a member of Elephant Eye Theatrical, a development and production company that creates new book musicals for Broadway.
Josiah Spaulding, president and CEO of the Citi Performing Arts Center, said, “We are proud to bring this exciting new production to Boston and to the American stage, and are extremely honored to open the tour. Our participation in Elephant Eye Theatrical enables us to go beyond the role of presenter and to develop new works.”
Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, this production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS brings this classic tale to the stage for the first time, with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and book by Craig Lucas. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards; four Drama Desk Awards; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical; the Drama League Award for Best Musical; three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards; and two Theatre World Awards.
The creative team is comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (sets and costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), Jon Weston (sound), 59 Productions (projections), with the musical score adapted, arranged, and supervised by Rob Fisher, orchestrations by Christopher Austin, dance arrangements by Sam Davis, musical supervision by Todd Ellison with additional orchestrations by Don Sebesky and Bill Elliott. Casting is by Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman.
The score of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "'S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris."
The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on April 12, 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris November 22, 2014-January 4, 2015.
The producers are Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet.
Prior to the Boston engagement, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will hold its technical rehearsals and initial previews at Proctors in Schenectady, NY, continuing previews in Boston October 25-26, and officially opening on October 27, 2016.
Full details on the Boston engagement, including performance schedule, ticket prices, and on sale information will be announced in the near future. Visit www.citicenter.org for more information.
For more information on the show, visit www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com .
About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiatives present the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historic Theatre District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations; and, acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For more information, please visit citicenter.org .
PRESS RELEASE Release Date: February 3, 2016
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