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Broadway: An American in Paris musical to end in 2017

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Matthew Murphy

Quelle tragique! Broadway just got a little less gorgeously choreographed.

The balletic musical An American in Paris will conclude its run on Broadway on Jan. 1, 2017, following 719 regular performances and 29 previews since its March 2015 opening at the Palace Theatre.

The critically acclaimed show — which shares its title with the beloved 1951 movie-musical starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron — made a well-received splash on Broadway in 2015, earning twelve Tony nominations and taking home four awards (including Best Choreography).

Its journey does not end with Broadway; the show begins a national tour in Boston in October, and a London production will start in March 2017 featuring the production’s original stars, Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. According to producers, discussions are afoot to take the show to Japan, China, and Australia as well.

Choreographed and directed by Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris follows a young soldier whose pit stop in Paris opens up his world to love and art. The show features beloved Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “’S Wonderful,” and “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise.”

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