Leslie Caron, original leading lady of the 1951 movie musical classic "An American in Paris" is scheduled to make her long-awaited visit to the Broadway musical adaptation at the Palace Theatre Jan. 12.
Caron, 84, originated the role of the beautiful French ballerina who attracts the attention of an American artist in post-World War II Paris. The role is currently played on Broadway by Tony Award nominee Leanne Cope.
Like the film, the show uses songs from the George and Ira Gershwin songbook, with a new libretto by Craig Lucas. Extended ballet sequences by Christopher Wheeldon are set to George Gershwin's orchestral music.
The score of An American in Paris includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza,” "'S Wonderful," "But Not For Me" and "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," as well as orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris."
For more information, visit AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com