About the showThe most honoured Broadway musical of 2015 has come to London’s West End, featuring music from one of the greatest musical composers of all time, George Gershwin. An American In Paris won over critics in New York, receiving four Tony Awards for its state-of-the-art design, powerful music and evocative storyline. With an all-star creative team bringing the show to the West End, the musical is now winning the hearts of London theatre-goers.
An American in Paris is inspired by the 1951 Academy Award winning film of the same name. It follows the life of American soldier, Jerry Mulligan, who remains in Paris after World War II and meets a mysterious French ballerina by the name of Lise Dassin. Jerry soon falls in love with Lise, only to discover that she is due to marry his wartime friend Henri. As Jerry attempts to come to terms with losing the love of his life, the audience learn about Lise’s complex relationship with Henri and are left wondering whether or not it will last. This gripping romantic tale depicts the pain and anguish that can be suffered in true love.
Audiences are treated to a beautiful score composed by George Gershwin, who is well-known for penning the music to other popular musicals including Crazy For You and Funny Face. Christopher Wheeldon directs and choreographs alongside a Tony Award-winning creative team, including designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz and sound designer Jon Weston, with video design and projections by 59 Productions.
Tony Award-nominated Leanne Cope reprises her role as Lise, opposite Ashley Day as Jerry Mulligan. Haydn Oakley (The Book of Mormon, Sunset Boulevard) takes on the role of Henri Baurel, alongside Zoë Rainey (Wicked, The Winter's Tale) as Milo Davenport, Jane Asher (Blithe Spirit, Alfie) as Madame Baurel and David Seadon-Young (Ghost) as Adam Hochberg.
An American in Paris is the perfect romantic outing for Londoners, originally opening at the Dominion Theatre in March 2017 and continuing to wow packed out audiences.