City of Lights! Meet the Full Cast of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Opening Tonight on Broadway
The new Broadway musical AN AMERICAN IN PARIS opens tonight, April 12, 2015 at the Palace Theatre (Broadway at 47th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch interviews with the cast below!
An American In Paris is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American In Paris brings this classic tale to Broadway for the first time with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas.
The cast of An American In Paris includes Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan, Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin, Veanne Cox as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz as Adam Hochberg, and Max von Essen as Henri Baurel.
The cast also includes Caitlin Abraham, Will Burton, Attila Joey Csiki, Michael Cusumano, Taeler Cyrus, Ashlee Dupré, Rebecca Eichenberger, Sara Esty, Laura Feig, Jennie Ford, Kurt Froman, Heather Lang, Dustin Layton, Nathan Madden, Gia Mongell, Candy Olsen, Rebecca Riker, Adam Rogers, Sam Rogers, Shannon Rugani, Garen Scribner, Sam Strasfeld, Sarrah Strimel, Charlie Sutton, Allison Walsh, Scott Willis and Victor J. Wisehart.
An American In Paris is the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.
Fairchild is a member of NYCB, where he has been enjoying his status as principal dancer for the past 5 years. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he began his dance training at age four. Formal ballet training began with The Ballet West Conservatory. Once Fairchild became an apprentice with NYCB the following year he joined the Company as a member of the Corps de Ballet. He was quickly promoted to soloist with NYCB soon after promoted to principal in 2009. Fairchild originated the role of Romeo in Peter Martins' Romeo and Juliet featured in the PBS Live From Lincoln Center television broadcast. Last season Fairchild played the role of Carousel Boy in the NY Philharmonic's Emmy nominated production of Carousel directed by John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. He is a Recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise at The School of American Ballet. Fairchild is newly married to Principal Dancer Tiler Peck, also of NYCB.
Cope was trained at the Royal Ballet school and graduated into the company in 2003. She has created several roles for the company and has built a strong relationship with The Royal Ballets Artist in Resident Liam Scarlett who describes her as having 'a presence on stage like no other.' Copes creations include Emily Dimmock and Annie E Crook (Sweet Violets) Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). Other repertoire with the company includes Clara (Nutcracker) Princess Louise (Mayerling) and many more. Leanne is excited to be making her Broadway debut and would not have achieved this without the support of her friends, family and husband.
Broadway: A Free Man of Color, Caroline or Change, The Dinner Party, La Cage aux Folles, Smile, Company (Tony/Drama Desk nominations). Off-Broadway: The Old Friends, and The Most Deserving (2014 Special Drama Desk Award) Spain, and Paradise Park (Obie Award for Sustained Excellence) plays at Signature, Women's Project, Vineyard, Public, MCC, MTC, NYTW, Playwright's Horizons. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre (Helen Hays Nomination) Alley, Guthrie, Yale Rep, Bay Street. TV/Film: "Smash," "Louie," "Pan Am," "Seinfeld," "Cinderella," Erin Brockovich, You've Got Mail, Big Eden, Beethoven's 4th, Marci X.
Broadway: Matilda (Miss Honey), The 39 Steps, Curtains (Niki Harris), The Woman in White (Laura Fairlie).West End: Gone With The Wind (Scarlett), Woman in White (Laura). Off-Broadway: Death Takes a Holiday (Grazia). Also: Chess (Florence, Signature), Titanic (Carolyn, Lincoln Center), Company (Susan, NY Philharmonic), A Little Night Music (Anne, Roundabout), Mamma Mia (Sophie,Vegas). Television: "White Collar," "Unforgettable," "Person Of Interest," "Beautiful Life." Graduate Baldwin Wallace. Love to MK, my favorite dance partner.
Broadway: Baby, It's You! (Stanley/Murray). Nat'l Tour: RENT (dir. Michael Greif). Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night (Feste; Falstaff Award nomination). Regional: Torch Song Trilogy (Arnold; dir. Michael Kahn; Helen Hayes Award nomination); Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound at The Old Globe (Eugene; dir. Scott Schwartz). Film/TV: Stage Fright (Magnolia Pictures); "Inside Amy Schumer," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "As The World Turns." Endless thanks to Rachel and Bernie, David and the Nicolosi team. For mom, dad, Michelle, and Zach.
MAX VON ESSEN
Von Essen has appeared on Broadway in Evita, LES MISERABLES (revival and closing company of the original), Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar and in the Broadway tours of Xanadu and Chicago. Off-B'way: Death Takes a Holiday, Hello Again, and Finian's Rainbow. TV/Film: "Boardwalk Empire," "The Good Wife," "Royal Pains," "Gossip Girl," "Submissions Only," Sex and the City 2 and Seven Lovers. Pour Carole, à jamais dans mon coeur.
Broadway: La Cage aux Folles (Anne u/s, ensemble, Assistant Dance Captain). National Tour: Chicago (Liz). Regional: A Chorus Line (Cassie). Carolina Ballet (Soloist): Principal roles by Balanchine, Robbins, and Limon. Loving thanks to Dana Moore, Rachel Hoffman and The Krasny Office. Besos Abe.
Burton is making his Broadway debut after the incredible run in Paris. Credits: The Music Man (Tommy Djilas)/ Arena Stage, South Pacific/ Paper Mill. Thanks to my parents, Callen, and my incredible teachers at The University of Michigan and CCCEPA.
ATTILA JOEY CSIKI
Csiki is excited to be making his Broadway debut. Raised in Canada of Hungarian descent, Attila performs as an international guest artist for several world renowned companies, and with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Thanks Mom, Dad, Mandy & Julia for their love and support.
Cusumano joined American Ballet Theater at age fifteen, the youngest male dancer in the company's history. Boston Ballet soloist. Varna International Ballet Competition bronze medal, Concours de Paris jury prize, Broadway: All Shook Up, Chicago. Title of Mr. Broadway 2011. Thank you Christopher!
Cyrus is thrilled to be a part of this new production! Broadway credits: After Midnight. Dance credits: River North Dance Chicago, Ailey II, The Metropolitan Opera, Tang Dao Dance Company, and apprenticed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Ailey/Fordham BFA graduate.
Off-Broadway: On Your Toes, Where's Charley? (Encores!) Silence! The Musical, NYSAF: In Your Arms. Movin' Out National Tour (Brenda, Judy), Phantom of the Opera (Las Vegas Spectacular), Colorado Ballet. Graduate of Kirov Academy. Love to my Family and Friends!
Ensemble, Mme Dutois, Olga
Broadway: Phantom, Evita, 1776, Grand Night for Singing, The Frogs, Carousel, Dessa Rose (Lincoln Center). National Tour: Ragtime, Phantom, Carousel, Cats. TV: "Law and Order," "The Good Wife." Proud AEA member. For my 90 year old dad: a WWII vet and my hero.
Esty is ecstatic for her Broadway debut! A former Soloist with the Miami City Ballet, Sara has performed various works by many coveted choreographers. Sara received a Princess Grace Award For excellence in dance. For my family, Maine to Miami.
Feig is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut! First National Tour: Movin Out' (Judy). Principal dancer Atlanta Ballet, BalletX, Morphoses. TV: "Flesh and Bone" (Starz 2015). Mom and Dad-thanks for ALWAYS being there. For my boys, E and Q.
Broadway: Evita, Hairspray, Sweet Smell of Success, Dance of the Vampires, The Music Man, Urban Cowboy, All Shook Up. National Tour: Ragtime. Author of the new "how-to" book series "Be the Best on Broadway".
Swing, Dance Captain
Broadway: Billy Elliot (Resident Choreographer), Movin' Out (James), Pal Joey. NYCB: Paris Opera Ballet (Répétiteur). FILM/TV: upcoming "Flesh & Bone" (STARZ, "Young Paul"), Black Swan (Associate Choreographer), Across the Universe, Center Stage, Biography Channel- Natalie Portman, "SNL", "Live From Lincoln Center".
Lang is a multifaceted artist. As an actor, dancer, and performance-maker some of her favorite projects: Trash is Fierce (Sketch Comedy), New Work for the Desert (Beth Gill), #blessed (film), Spider-Man, Grendel, Across the Universe (Julie Taymor), Radio City Rockettes, Met Opera. Broadway Workshops: Addams Family, Dangerous Beauty, Fat Camp, Up Here. Film: I Am Legend, Smurfs, Frances Ha, The Great Observer. TV: "Smash," "Rescue Me," "Gossip Girl," VH1 "Fashion Rocks." BFA (Dance) NYU.
Thrilled to be a part of this production! Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera (Slave Master). Off-Broadway: Silence The Musical. Other: The Phantom of the Opera National Tour; Phantom Las Vegas Spectacular; North Carolina Dance Theater.
Broadway: Chicago. Tour: Twyla's Come Fly Away, Rep: Lubovitch, Tudor, Limon, Keigwen, Barton, Ohad Naharin. The Juilliard School (BFA). Assisted, choreographed, and taught worldwide. So grateful to grow "from Glory to Glory," "with a new step every day!"
Mongell is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School (BFA '14). She has performed works by Jose Limon, Nacho Duato, Dana Foglia, Murray Louis, Mark Stuart, Twyla Tharp, Pina Bausch and others. She is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut.
NT: Phantom of the Opera, Evita, Spamalot, Come Fly Away, Celine Dion's A New Day. Goodspeed, Reprise, Hollywood Bowl. MOMIX, Diavolo and Cirque Du Soleil. The "Flame" on A&E's "Storage Wars New York." Thank you J,J & H! Your love brought me here.
Bway: Rock of Ages (u/s Sherrie). 1st Nal'Tour: Flashdance (u/s Alex), The Addams Family (u/s Moritica,) A Chorus Line (Cassie & Diana), The Wedding Singer (u/s Linda.) Thanks Chris, Jackie and Dontee. Marianne Wells is a life saver. I heart Duce. Proud AEA member!!!
Broadway: Cinderella, Chaplin. NYC: Fiorello (Encores!). Regional: Mary Poppins (Marriott Theatre); Aladdin; Little Mermaid; South Pacific (MUNY Theatre). International: Fame The Musical (Macao, China). Adam also danced with Kansas City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Sarasota Ballet. Thanks CTG!
Broadway: West Side Story (2009 Revival). Off-Broadway: Silence! The Musical. Select regional: West Side Story (MUNY); Carousel (Goodspeed); Showboat (Lyric Opera of Chicago); On the Town; Cabaret; Mary Poppins (Marriott). Training: The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre and The Juilliard School.
Rugani, of Lake Tahoe, California, has danced professionally with San Francisco Ballet for eleven years. She is thrilled to join the cast of An American in Paris as her Broadway debut. Special thanks to my loving husband, supportive family and SFBallet.
Scribner is honored to be part of An American in Paris. Former soloist with the San Francisco Ballet, Member of Nederlands Dans Theater I. Graduate: UNCSA. Thanks and love to my incredible family, Victoria Morris, Marianne Wells and Christopher Wheeldon for this incredible opportunity.
Broadway/New York: Annie, Mary Poppins, Scandalous, The Most Happy Fella (Encores!); Tours: Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins; Other: Productions in London's West End, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and the Shaw Festival. Merçis a Maman, Papa, Gabrielle, Renée, Julien, et HFC.
Broadway: Big Fish (The Girl In the Water); The Producers; Young Frankenstein; Rock Of Ages (Constance Sack); Catch Me If You Can. Tours/Regional incl.: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Sweet Charity (Charity); Cats (Bombalurina); Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham); Sammy (Hedda Hopper). TV: "Smash", "David Letterman". For Dad.
Broadway: Kinky Boots (Astaire nom.), How To Succeed, Lysistrata Jones, Catch Me If You Can, Women On The Verge, Addams Family, Crybaby, La Cage, Wicked. Film: Ted 2, I Am Legend, The Producers. Currently Co-Artistic Director at Working Artist Theater Project in NYC.
Ensemble, Lise u/s, Asst. Dance Captain
Walsh is making her first foray into the musical theater world after seven seasons with The Joffrey Ballet. TV: "Flesh and Bone" (Starz 2015). Film: Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance. Thanks to my family and friends for all their love and support.
Monsieur Baurel, Ensemble
Los Angeles' and San Francisco's BroadwayWorld.com Best Leading Actor (Musical): Priscilla, Queen of the Desert(Bernadette). Broadway/national tours: Rooster Hannigan, Annie (Rooster Hannigan); State Fair; Crazy for You; David Merrick's 42nd Street; The Fantasticks; Radio City's Christmas Spectacular Across America (Santa Claus).
VICTOR J. WISEHART
Ensemble, Mr. Z
Broadway Debut!! London: West Side Story NYC: Encore's Pipe Dream. Tours: 1st Nat. LCT's South Pacific, 50th Ann World Tour West Side Story.Regional: Goodspeed, Huntington, Goodman, Arena Stages, St. Louis MUNY. Cast recording: Pipe Dream. Thanks to Christopher Wheeldon, Telsey+Co, and Mom.