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English dancer Leanne Cope is a former First Artist of The Royal Ballet. Cope trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2009. She retired from the Company in 2016 to focus on her work on Broadway, having taken a sabbatical from the Company ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [West End]
West End Production, 2017
Lise Dassin
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Lise
  [Paris]
World Premiere Production, 2014
Lise Dassin
Broadway: An American in Paris (Lise)

Leanne Cope Biography

English dancer Leanne Cope is a former First Artist of The Royal Ballet. Cope trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2009. She retired from the Company in 2016 to focus on her work on Broadway, having taken a sabbatical from the Company the previous two Seasons to create the role of Lise Dassin (Christopher Wheeldon‚Äôs award-winning An American in Paris) for Th√©√Ętre du Ch√Ętelet and on Broadway.

Cope was born in Bath and began dancing at the age of five. She trained at The Dorothy Colebourne School of Dance before joining The Royal Ballet School White Lodge at the age of 11. Her repertory with the Company included Clara (The Nutcracker), Princess Louise (Mayerling), pas de six (Giselle), White Cat and Red Riding Hood (The Sleeping Beauty), Mustard Seed (The Dream) and roles in Asphodel Meadows, Concerto, Song of the Earth, Sensorium, Four Temperaments and ‚ÄėStill Life‚Äô at the Penguin Cafe.

She created several roles for the Company and has a particularly strong relationship with Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, who has described her as having ‚Äėa presence on stage like no other‚Äô. Cope‚Äôs role creations for Scarlett include Emily Dimmock and Annie E. Crook (Sweet Violets) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). She also created roles in Wheeldon‚Äôs DGV: Danse √† grande vitesse and Alice‚Äôs Adventures in Wonderland, Jonathan Watkins‚Äôs As One, Will Tuckett‚Äôs Timecode and works by Scarlett, Watkins and Samantha Raine in The Royal Ballet‚Äôs Draft Works.

Leanne Cope Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
 
Drama League Awards - 2015 - Distinguished Performance Award
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris
 
Theatre World Awards - 2015 - Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater Gold Star
Leanne Cope, An American In Paris
 
Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Leanne Cope, An American in Paris

Leanne Cope News

77th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony Set for June 2023 Photo 77th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony Set for June 2023
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2022

The 77th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday evening, June 5, 2023 beginning at 7:00PM. The Theatre World Awards are the oldest awards given for Outstanding Broadway and Off-Broadway Debut Performances.

PETER PAN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, ROMEO AND JULIET & More to be Featured in BroadwayHD's Photo PETER PAN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, ROMEO AND JULIET & More to be Featured in BroadwayHD's Back-to-School Collection
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 4, 2022

Whether a Broadway freshman or seasoned senior, BroadwayHD viewers can get schooled in theatre classics like The Sound of Music and Romeo and Juliet, to more advanced theatre titles like The Importance of Being Earnest to Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, and graduate with honors.

The Theatre World Awards Will Honor THE MUSIC MAN With 'Outstanding Ensemble' Award Photo The Theatre World Awards Will Honor THE MUSIC MAN With 'Outstanding Ensemble' Award
by Stephi Wild - May 31, 2022

The Theatre World Awards will present a special 'Outstanding Ensemble' Award to 21 cast members making their Broadway debut in the Broadway Revival of The Music Man starring Theatre World Award alumni Hugh Jackman, Marie Mullen, Jefferson Mays, Jayne Houdyshell, and Phillip Boykin at The Winter Garden Theatre.

Michael Oberholtzer and Harvey Fierstein Will Be Honored at the 76th Annual Theatre W Photo Michael Oberholtzer and Harvey Fierstein Will Be Honored at the 76th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony
by Stephi Wild - May 18, 2022

It was announced today by The Theatre World Awards Board of Directors and The Dorothy Loudon Foundation, that Michael Oberholtzer (Take Me Out) will receive the 13th Annual Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater, and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein will receive the 9th Annual John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Guest Reviewer Kym Vaitiekus Shares His Thoughts On  AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Photo Guest Reviewer Kym Vaitiekus Shares His Thoughts On AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
by Jade Kops - May 7, 2022

An American in Paris is a glorious and inventive new musical inspired by the 1951 movie with a superb collection of music by the Gershwins.

Myles Frost, Sharon D. Clarke, Jaquel Spivey & More Amongst 2022 Theatre World Awards Photo Myles Frost, Sharon D. Clarke, Jaquel Spivey & More Amongst 2022 Theatre World Awards Recipients
by Nicole Rosky - May 6, 2022

Each year The Theatre World Awards presents 12 awards to outstanding debut performances on and off-Broadway. This year's honorees have just been announced and we've got the full list.

BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Is A Masterpiece in Melbourne Photo BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Is A Masterpiece in Melbourne
by Victoria Beal - Mar 24, 2022

Entering the theatre, we see nought but a lone piano on the stage. This unassuming opening to An American in Paris could lead an unknowing audience member to think they were about to see a lean and understated production - but oh how wrong they would be. This musical is a veritable smorgasbord of colour, joy and movement. This reviewer spent the entire show with wide eyes, a beaming smile, and a full heart.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Comes to Sydney in April Photo AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Comes to Sydney in April
by Stephi Wild - Mar 7, 2022

An American In Paris ‚Äď a ground-breaking collaboration between The Australian Ballet and GWB Entertainment ‚Äď will open at Theatre Royal on Friday 29 April directly after its season in Melbourne.

BWW Interview: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Star Robert Fairchild Talks Its Australian Tour Photo BWW Interview: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Star Robert Fairchild Talks Its Australian Tour
by Victoria Beal - Mar 1, 2022

Ahead of his Australian season, we had a chat with Robert Fairchild - a former principal dancer with the New York Ballet who made his debut as Jerry in An American in Paris on Broadway and then reprised it for London's West End.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Comes to Melbourne in March Photo AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Comes to Melbourne in March
by Stephi Wild - Feb 2, 2022

An American In Paris ‚Äď a ground-breaking collaboration between The Australian Ballet and GWB Entertainment ‚Äď will open at Arts Centre Melbourne on Friday 18 March for a strictly limited season, after setting Brisbane alight with a season at QPAC that concluded on the weekend with packed houses and rave reviews.

Leanne Cope Videos

Broadway Rewind: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Dances to Broadway Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Dances to Broadway

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 7, 2020

Today we rewind to 2015, when An American in Paris opened at the Palace Theatre, where it played for 623 performances. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris was inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, and starred Robert Fairchild, Leanne Cope, Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz, and Max von Essen.

VIDEO: Watch 'I Got Rhythm' From the Upcoming Great Performances' Premiere of AN AMER Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch 'I Got Rhythm' From the Upcoming Great Performances' Premiere of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

by Stage Tube - Oct 24, 2018

Great Performances "Broadway's Best" will roll out nationwide on PBS beginning Friday, November 2 at 9pm with the U.S. broadcast premiere of the extraordinary An American in Paris The Musical, followed by the debut of another beloved classic, Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music on Friday, November 9 at 9pm (check local listings).

BWW TV: BroadwayHD Releases AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Starring Robert Fairchild and Leanne Videoplay
BWW TV: BroadwayHD Releases AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Starring Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope

by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 3, 2018

Arriving just in time for the 120th birthday of the legendary George Gershwin, las month, BroadwayHD debuted the dazzling hit musical An American in Paris, featuring a live captured performance from London's Dominion Theatre in 2018. The filmed performance headlines original Broadway stars Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan and British Royal Ballet dancer Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin along with a company of 50 cast members including Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel, Zoe Rainey as Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg and Jane Asher as Madame Baurel.

Countdown to AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Theatres: Day Deux- Curtain Up in France! Videoplay
Countdown to AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Theatres: Day Deux- Curtain Up in France!

by Nicole Rosky - Sep 14, 2018

As we await the musical's big screen release, we're counting down by flashing back through its journey so far. Today, check out photos of the cast in action from the world premiere at Theatre du Chatelet in 2014.

BWW TV: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Stars Ashley Day, Leanne Cope and More Surprise Passers- Videoplay
BWW TV: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Stars Ashley Day, Leanne Cope and More Surprise Passers-by with Performance at St Pancras

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 6, 2017

Visitors to St Pancras International had a spring in their step as the cast of hit West End show, An American in Paris, brought song and dance to the station with a surprise musical performance. Watch fun footage from the pop-up show, plus check out photos, below!

VIDEO: Watch The Live 2017 Olivier Awards Red Carpet Show
by Stage Tube - Apr 9, 2017

The Olivier Awards 2017 with Mastercard - the most prestigious event in the UK's theatrical calendar - takes place today, Sunday 9 April, at London's Royal Albert Hall.

BWW TV: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Celebrates West End Opening Night!
by Official London Theatre - Mar 23, 2017

The critically acclaimed and multi award-winning new musical An American in Paris had its official London premiere earlier this week, at the beautifully restored Dominion Theatre. Christopher Wheeldon's stunning reinvention of the Oscar-winning film (that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) features the sublime music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and a new book by Craig Lucas. Read our review here

BWW TV Exclusive: Ballet Students Leap to The Palace Stage with the Cast of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 15, 2016

Just last week, the Tony Award winning hit musical, An American in Paris teamed up with The School at Steps to offer a free dance class for kids ages 8 to 12. The class allowed the kids to make their 'Broadway debuts' on stage at the Palace Theatre.

BWW TV: The Cast of American in Paris Makes Us Feel S' Wonderful in Bryant Park
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 7, 2016

The August 4, 2016 show of Broadway in Bryant Park included a performance by the Broadway cast of An American in Paris. Cast members for the event included Dimitri Kleioris, Leanne Cope, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz, Derek Hanson, Attila Joey Csiki, Kyle Brown, Megan Dickinson, Kurt Froman, Derek Hanson, Marina Lazzaretto, Cory Lingner, Nathan Madden, Charlotte O'Dowd, Candy Olsen, Kristin Piro, Sam Rogers, Shannon Rugani, Bradley Schlagheck, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Tory Trowbridge and Scott Willis performing the numbers 'Shall We Dance,' 'For You, For Me, For Evermore,' 'I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise,' and 'S Wonderful.'

BWW TV: Go Behind the Scenes of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS' Commercial Shoot!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 26, 2016

The company just shot a new TV spot, created and produced by eyeball and Serino Coyne Advertising Agency, which you can check out HERE. Below, we've got some behind-the-scenes footage from the big day, shot by Apples and Oranges, Studio.


Leanne Cope Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Leanne Cope been in?
Leanne Cope has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Leanne Cope been in?
Leanne Cope has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Leanne Cope's first West End show?
Leanne Cope's first West End show was An American in Paris which opened in 2017

What awards has Leanne Cope been nominated for?
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for An American in Paris , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for An American in Paris , Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for An American in Paris Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater (Theatre World Awards) for An American In Paris and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for An American in Paris .

What awards has Leanne Cope won?
Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater (Theatre World Awards) for An American In Paris .