“Pure joy!” (The New York Times) comes to Orlando as part of the 2016-2017 FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando season
September 22, 2016 – Orlando, FL – An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony® Awards, comes to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts this holiday season. The Orlando engagement will play the Walt Disney Theater December 13 -18, 2016. Tickets are on sale to the general public tomorrow, Friday, September 23, 2016. Tickets start at $33.75 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. PhillipsCenter Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, An American in Paris 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 is also comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (set and costume designer) and Natasha Katz (lighting designer), Jon Weston (sound 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 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 musical was included on the “Year’s Best” lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of An American in Paris was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy® Award.
The score of An American in Paris includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “’S’Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “Second Prelude,” “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” and “An American in Paris.”
The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on April 12, 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris November 22, 2014 – January 4, 2015. The New York production recently played its 500th performance and continues at the Palace Theatre through Sunday, October 9, 2016. A West End production of An American in Paris will start in March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.
The producers are Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet.
For more information, visit www.AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com.
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About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. The Dr. Phillips Center is a private non-profit collaborating with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors.