Robert Fairchild, the New York City Ballet principal dancer who was Tony-nominated for creating the role of Jerry Mulligan in the Broadway premiere of An American in Paris, has announced that he is departing the prestigious ballet company in October, the New York Times has reported.
Fairchild began his formal training with New York City Ballet at the age of 15, working his way up to principal dancer in only four years. He took a hiatus in 2015 to make his Broadway debut in An American in Paris, starring in the role originated on screen by Gene Kelly.
Fairchild also won the 2015 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Actor in a Musical as well as the Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer and the 2015 Theatre World Award. He was also nominated for the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.
He repeated his performance in the show’s London transfer, which premiered ealrier this year.
In recent months he divided his time between New York City Ballet and his appearances in high-profile musical theatre events, including A Chorus Line at the Hollywood Bowl, and Oklahoma! at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
This fall he will co-star in the City Center Encores! production of Brigadoon, and he will also be seen in the role of the world famous dancer Ted Shawn in the upcoming film The Chaperone, directed by Michael Engler.
This December, Fairchild is set to choreograph and star in a world-premiere Off-Broadway adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Performances will begin December 21st at The Pershing Square Signature Center for a run through January 7, 2018.
Ensemble for the Romantic Century presents the new work that parallels Shelley’s classic novel with her own life through excerpts from Frankenstein, as well as Shelley’s own letters and personal diaries. Donald T. Sanders will direct the piece that will have Bach-inspired music of the 19th century written by Eve Wolf.
Additional cast, musicians, and design team will be announced shortly.