The North American tour of the Tony-winning An American in Paris will welcome McGee Maddox in the role of Jerry Mulligan in April.
Maddox, a former Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, will succeed Garen Scribner, who will play his final performance April 16 in Las Vegas.
Maddox, who will join the company in Tempe, Arizona beginning April 18, will star opposite current principal cast members Sara Esty, Etai Benson, Nick Spangler, Emily Ferranti, and Gayton Scott. (Ryan Steele and Leigh-Ann Esty will continue performing as the Jerry and Lise alternates on tour.) Maddox will play the role of Jerry through April 2018, including a Toronto engagement at the Princess of Wales Theatre, March 27-April 29, 2018.
Maddox trained at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, joining Houston Ballet as an apprentice in 2005. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2009 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2014. Recently, Maddox debuted as Leontes in The Winter's Tale, Albrecht in Giselle, and L'Aviateur in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince. Maddox has danced principal roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Hamlet, The Four Temperaments, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Watch her, The Man in Black, Pur ti Miro, Allegro Brillante, and Theme and Variations.
The full tour route can be found at AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com.
Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American in Paris, according to press notes, 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 creative team also includes 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 adaption, 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 Sean Kelly (associate choreographer).
An American in Paris, which ended its run at Broadway's Palace Theatre October 9, 2016, 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 producers are Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan, and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO, and Théâtre du Châtelet.