The Australian Ballet and GWB Entertainment today announced that ravishing musical An American in Paris will have its keenly-awaited Australian premiere in 2022.
Hailed as a tour de force for its inventive choreography, the four-time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical tells the entrancing story of a young American soldier and a beautiful French girl, set against the iconic backdrop of the most romantic city in the world.
Inspired by the Academy Award®-winning MGM film, acclaimed director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon brings the enchantment and magic of Paris alive on stage with popular songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including I Got Rhythm, S Wonderful, But Not For Me and They Can’t Take That Away From Me.
A rhapsodic combination of classic score, timeless love story, exuberant dance and sumptuous design, the production has captivated audiences and critics alike, with The Wall Street Journal declaring it “a masterpiece!”.
In a ground-breaking collaboration between The Australian Ballet and GWB Entertainment, the Australian production of An American in Paris will premiere in Brisbane in January 2022 before seasons in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David Hallberg said, “An American in Paris has been adapted for the stage by one of the world’s most in-demand choreographers and we have a great and long-standing relationship with Christopher. It’s exciting to be collaborating with him again but this time on a musical, and we welcome the opportunity for a number of our dancers to perform in this incredible production and broaden their skills as artists.”
GWB Entertainment’s Richelle Brookman said: “We fell in love with An American in Paris after seeing the production in Paris at Théâtre du Châtelet and immediately set our sights on bringing the musical to Australian audiences.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with David Hallberg and The Australian Ballet and are excited for audiences to experience Director-Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s extensive ballet scenes performed by classical ballet dancers at the peak of their artistic craft, woven into a blockbuster Broadway musical that celebrates love, beauty, art, and the timeless music of Gershwin.”
With a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas, and Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley’s swoon-worthy set and costume design, drawing inspiration from some of France’s most famous artists, An American in Paris 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. It has since gone on to tour London’s West End, Tokyo and Beijing.
The musical won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography for Christopher Wheeldon, four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Chita Rivera Awards and two Theatre World Awards. It was also included on the ‘Year’s Best’ lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated Press and The Hollywood Reporter.
The Australian premiere season will run at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from 8 to 30 January 2022, followed by seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide from February, Crown Theatre, Perth from February, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne from March, and Theatre Royal Sydney from April.