Craig Lucas and Christopher Wheeldon Developing An American in Paris for Broadway

News   Craig Lucas and Christopher Wheeldon Developing An American in Paris for Broadway
Tony Award-nominated playwright Craig Lucas is at work adapting a stage production of the 1951 Academy Award-winning film "An American in Paris," featuring a score by George and Ira Gershwin, according to the New York Times.

The Times reports that Tony-nominated Light in the Piazza book writer Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss) is adapting the film; the production will be directed and choreographed by Sweet Smell of Success choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

Producers Stuart Oken (The Addams Family, Aida) and Van Kaplan are developing the title for a Broadway bow.

A stage adaptation of "An American in Paris" last twirled on stage at Houston's Alley Theatre in 2008, where it played an extended run. It was adapted by Tony Award-nominated Crazy for You book writer and Lend Me A Tenor playwright Ken Ludwig.

The new Lucas-Wheeldon production, currently in the early stages of development, is unrelated to the Alley Theatre incarnation, which used songs from the film and also added "They All Laughed," "'S Wonderful," "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and "Love Walked In."

A representative for the Gershwin estate also said there was hope for a future stage adaptation of "A Star Is Born," featuring lyrics by Ira Gershwin and a rousing score by Harold Arlen. The Gershwin estate last enlisted Tony Award-winning Memphis book writer-lyricist Joe DiPietro to pen the "new" Gerswhin musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, which received Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Book.

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