American in Paris National Tour Launches Tonight

News   American in Paris National Tour Launches Tonight Garen Scribner, Sara Esty, and Ryan Steele are among the cast.
Garen Scribner in <i>An American In Paris </i>
Garen Scribner in An American In Paris Matthew Murphy

The national tour of An American in Paris officially launches October 25 in Boston at the Citi Wang Theatre following a preview period at Proctor's in Schenectady, NY. Opening night in Boston is scheduled for October 27; performances continue through November 6.

The roles of Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin are played by Garen Scribner and Sara Esty, who performed these leading parts on Broadway. Joining them are Etai Benson (Wicked) as Adam Hochberg; Emily Ferranti (Wicked, Dreamgirls) as Milo Davenport; Gayton Scott (Gypsy, The Women) as Madame Baurel; and Nick Spangler (The Book of Mormon, Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella) as Henri Baurel.

Rounding out the ensemble are Karolina Blonski, Brittany Bohn, Stephen Brower, Randy Castillo, Jessica Cohen, Jace Coronado, Barton Cowperthwaite, Alexa De Barr, Erika Hebron, Christopher M. Howard, Colby Q. Lindeman, Nathalie Marrable, Tom Mattingly, Caitlin Meighan, Alida Michal, Don Noble, Sayiga Eugene Peabody, Alexandra Pernice, David Prottas, Gia Mongell, Danielle Santos, Lucas Segovia, Kyle Vaughn, Laurie Wells, Dana Winkle, Erica Wong, and Blake Zelesnikar. Leigh-Ann Esty and Ryan Steele are the Lise and Jerry alternates.

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, 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.

Watch footage from the Broadway production below:

(Updated October 25, 2016)

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