Jane Asher Amongst those Cast in An American In Paris at the Dominion Theatre
It was back in April that it was first announced that the famous Gene Kelly film An American in Paris would be headed to the West End as the latest movie to get the stage-adaptation treatment. The production is set to open at the Dominion Theatre in the early months of next year with Robert Fairchild amongst the lead actors.
Now more names have been revealed for the upcoming production, with Jane Asher one of them alongside the likes of Zoë Rainey, David Seadon-Young, Haydn Oakley, and Ashley Day.
The production heads to the UK from Broadway, making it one of many upcoming west end shows to have their origins in New York as well as the big screen (including the recently-opened Aladdin and the upcoming School of Rock). This one earned Tony Awards and critical praise with its London transfer inevitable as a result.
Robert Fairchild plays Jerry Mulligan in the production (with Ashley Day playing the part for some performances). It is a story of friendship and love as he begins his new life as a painter in Paris in the late 1940s, whose past contains horror and hardship at the hands of the Second World War.
Jane Asher, playing Madame Baurel, has enjoyed a long and successful career of which few performers could even dream. She has been appearing on a London stage since the 1960s and since then has appeared in some high profile shows here, from Festen at the Arts Theatre in 2004 to the more recent productions like Charley’s Aunt at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2012 and The Gathered Leaves at the Park Theatre in 2015. She has also appeared on stages like the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre and venues in cities around the country. Meanwhile, audiences might also recognise her for her film work, which includes the classic Alfie and the more recent I Give It A Year.
The George and Ira Gershwin musical is set to be directed by Christopher Wheeldon and in addition to the mentioned cast it will also star Leanne Cope.
The production opens at the Dominion Theatre in March 2017.