An American In Paris at the Dominion Theatre
With this year bringing other high profile musicals from New York in the form of Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre (and with the capital already providing homes to the likes of Book Of Mormon and Jersey Boys) the arrival of An American In Paris was inevitable owing to its success at the most recent Tony Awards (with the Best Choreography Awards amongst its wins).
An American In Paris follows a character named Jerry Mulligan, a man who has been affected by the horrors he has seen in the Second World War and now finds himself in Paris in the late 1940s. It is here that he begins a new life as a painter whilst also finding friendship and love.
The show is well known for its dance routines (hence its choreography award) and for its songs penned by Gershwin, which includes the likes of I’ll Build A Stairway and But Not For Me, amongst others.
The cast is led by Robert Fairchild in the role of Jerry Mulligan. He returns to the production from Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award for his efforts. He has also appeared in a wealth of other productions across the Atlantic such as Romeo + Juliet. The show will also star Louise Cape, also reprising the role from New York.
Prior to the mentioned New York production, the story started life as a 1951 film of the same name, which starred Gene Kelly as Mulligan and won the 1952 Best Picture Oscar, meaning that it holds a special place in film history. It’s clearly a story that lends itself to the stage and it will be interesting to see how audiences respond to it in the West End.
An American In Paris opens at the Dominion Theatre on Saturday 1st April 2017 (with previews from Saturday 4th March 2017).