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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gloria Estefan, and Goldie Hawn Say Bonjour to An American in Paris

The new Gershwin musical stars dancers Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope.

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope take their opening-night curtain call in An American in Paris at the Palace Theatre.
(© David Gordon)

The Broadway production of An American in Paris celebrated its opening night on April 12 at the Palace Theatre. The musical premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris last year and began Broadway previews March 13.

Featured in the company are 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 ensemble is made up of Caitlin Abraham, Will Burton, Michael Cusumano, Attila Joey Csiki, Taeler Elyse 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.

Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, An American in Paris features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas. According to press materials, "An American in Paris transforms the timeless story of love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II into a new musical of hope, redemption and romance." The show is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.

Guests at the opening-night performance included dancing-world luminaries like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d'Amboise, Tiler Peck, Megan Fairchild, Heather Watts, and Damian Woetzel; music icon Gloria Estefan; Oscar winners Goldie Hawn and Helen Mirren; and Broadway favorites Tommy Tune, Patina Miller, and others. Check out TheaterMania's photos in the gallery below.


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