NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “An American in Paris,” the most-awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, is performed Oct. 31-Nov. 5 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall.
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. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas.
The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The New York production closed in October 2016 after playing more than 600 performances. A West End production of “An American in PARIS” opened in March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.
The musical score 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 cast of an American in Paris includes Tennessee native, Brian Gephardt, who is from Chattanooga and has performed in the Radio City Music Spectacular in Nashville. Gephardt will teach a class on Oct. 31 at the Nashville Ballet prior to the start of An American in Paris. Additionally, Christopher Wheeldon, the director and choreographer of the show, will be featured this spring in the Nashville Ballet’s “Modern Masters” series.
“An American in Paris” won four 2015 Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards. The musical was included on the Year’s Best lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of “An American in Paris” was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.
The creative team also is comprised of Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (set and costume designer) and Natasha Katz (lighting designer); Jon Weston (sound designer); 59 Productions (projection designer); Rob Fisher (musical score adaptation, arrangement and supervision); Todd Ellison (musical supervisor); David Andrews Rogers (musical director/conductor); Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott (orchestrations); Sam Davis (dance arrangements); Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A. (casting); Rick Steiger (production supervisor); Dontee Kiehn (associate director and associate choreographer); and Sean Kelly (associate choreographer and resident director).
The producing team includes Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO, and Théâtre du Châtelet.
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