The Australian Ballet has made the exciting announcement that they, alongside GWB Entertainment, are co-producing An American in Paris in Australia in 2022, in a first-of-its-kind partnership.
An American in Paris is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, acclaimed international contemporary ballet choreographer. Captivating audiences and critics alike, the production has garnered many accolades including twelve Tony Award nominations, winning the 2015 Tony Award for Best Choreography among other prestigious production awards.
An American in Paris is based off the Gene Kelly-starring 1951 MGM film of the same name and tells the entrancing story of a young American soldier and a beautiful French girl, set against the iconic backdrop of the most romantic city in the world. Wheeldon brings the enchantment and magic of Paris alive on stage with popular songs by George and Ira Gershwin.
David Hallberg said: “An American in Paris has been adapted for the stage by one of the world’s most in-demand choreographers and we have a great and long-standing relationship with Christopher. It’s exciting to be collaborating with him again, but this time on a musical, and we welcome the opportunity for a number of our dancers to perform in this incredible production and broaden their skills as artists.”
The Australian premiere production will tour Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, and will feature Australian Ballet dancers in the cast.
With Australian Ballet dancers joining the cast, An American in Paris will debut to Australian audiences at Brisbane’s QPAC Lyric Theatre in January 2022. It will then go on to play in Adelaide and Perth before arriving at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre in March, and at Theatre Royal Sydney in April.