An American in Paris Announces Plans for National Tour

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The new Broadway musical An American in Paris announced April 24 that it will launch a national touring company in the 2016-2017 season.

A production spokesperson said the tour will kick off in fall 2016. Additional information including specific dates and cities and cast will be announced at a later date.

Director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's staging of the musical opened on Broadway April 12 at the Palace Theatre and has so far been nominated for 12 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards and 3 Drama League Awards including Outstanding Musical.

The show is an adaptation of the classic 1951 movie musical about an American artist who falls in love with a beautiful French ballerina in post-World War II Paris.

Like the film, the show uses songs from the George and Ira Gershwin songbook, with a new libretto by Craig Lucas. Extended ballet sequences are set to George Gershwin's orchestral music.

Read reviews of the Broadway premiere here. 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.” Masterworks Broadway brought the cast into the studio to record the cast album April 20, for a June 2 release.

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