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Magnifique! Original Broadway Stars Robert Fairchild & Leanne Cope Will Lead AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in London

Magnifique! Original Broadway Stars Robert Fairchild & Leanne Cope Will Lead AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in London

It's magnifique! AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will stage a reunion with its original leading duo in the West End.

Broadway cast members - and Tony nominees - Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope will officially head to London to lead the West End production, which will begin previews 4 March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre, The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye has confirmed. Fairchild departed AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Broadway last month, though Cope has remained with the company.

Further casting and details have yet to announced, but BWW will keep you updated as the West End production shapes up!

The new musical, An American in Paris, moved to Broadway following its world premiere in December, 2014 at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. It is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, making his Broadway directing debut. Featuring music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee Craig Lucas, the creative team also includes Tony Award winners Bob Crowley (sets and costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting) and Jon Weston (sound) with a musical score adapted and supervised by Rob Fisher. Bartlett Sher is creative consultant. Based on the Academy Award winning film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin, An American in Paris brings this classic tale to Broadway for the first time.

Eager to begin his life anew after the brutality of combat, World War II Army veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter.

With the assistance of fellow ex-pat Milo Davenport, a wealthy American with a past she wishes to forget, Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret. Soon it becomes clear that Jerry's friends- Adam, a Jewish American composer, and Henri, a Parisian aristocrat- also vie for Lise's love. This romantic tangle can only be untied through the miracle of dance set to some of the greatest music and lyrics ever written. A classic American film about young souls in Paris has been reimagined for the Broadway stage of the 21st century.

Pictured: Cope & Robert Fairchild; Photo by Matthew Murphy

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