An American In Paris
October 3rd - November 24, 2019
Our Most Lavish Production!
The thrilling story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. But Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret - and realizes he is not her only suitor.
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film and featuring a score including the Gershwin songs “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “'S Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “They Can’t Take That Away."
George Gershwin’s 1928 “An American in Paris rapidly became one of his most famous compositions. The 1951 MGM film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron was inspired by Gershwin’s score and became one of the studio’s most acclaimed and famous movie musicals, winning six Academy Awards. Fun for the Whole Family!
Music & Lyrics by Music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. Book by Craig Lucas. Directed & Choreographed by Richard Stafford, Musical Direction by Ryan Wise
Starring: Brandon Haagenson as Jerry Mulligan, Deanna Doyle as Lise Dassin, Erika Amato as Madame Baurel, Tommaso Antico as Adam Hochberg, Lauren Sprague as Milo Davenport, and Jonathan Young as Henri Baurel.
With: Danielle Behrens, Rachel Beiswenger, Joseph Cullinane, Jamie Foord, Tim Fuchs, Rachael Britton Hart, Leeds Hill, Katy Kauffman, Ian Knauer, Ryan Lambert, Garrett Marks, Leisa Mather, Georgina Moore, Collin Sanderson, Rebecca Shulla, Joey Simon, Charity Van Tassel, Kate Wesler, Kent Zimmerman.
Directed & Choreographed by Richard Stafford. The Associate Choreographer is Joseph Cullinane, The Musical Direction is by Ryan Wise, Set Design by Steve Loftus, Lighting Design by Andrew Gmoser, Sound Design by Mark Zuckerman. The Costume Designer is Keith Nielsen, Wig & Hair Design by Gerard Kelly, the Production Stage Manager is Victor Lukas, ASM is Theresa Stark, and Properties are by Grumpy’s Props. Lisa Tiso is the Associate Producer.
Richard Stafford (Director/Choreographer) returns to WBT, having directed/choreographed recent productions of Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, Saturday Night Fever, Show Boat, Mary Poppins, Guys & Dolls, Fiddler On The Roof, Miracle on 34th Street and many more. On Broadway, choreographer for In My Life (Music Box Theatre), associate choreographer for Aspects Of Love (Broadhurst Theatre), dance supervisor for Cats (Winter Garden Theatre). Off-Broadway credits include choreography for A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (St. Clements). Regional: Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon (North Carolina Theatre); Curtains, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Beauty And The Beast, Cats (Walnut Street Theatre), Oliver!, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Cats (Pittsburgh CLO), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Oliver!, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Cats (Sacramento Music Circus), The King & I, Singin’ In The Rain, Crazy For You, Fame, Swing, Cats (North Shore Music Theatre), Beauty And The Beast, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas starring Sally Struthers (Ogunquit Playhouse), The Sound Of Music, Annie Get Your Gun (North Carolina Theatre), Evita (Casa Mañana).
Brandon Haagenson (Jerry) is proud to be making his WBT debut with this incredible team! He was seen last year off-Broadway in Afterglow. Other favorites: Spamalot (Patsy - NCT); Funny Girl with Shoshana Bean (North Shore); 42nd Street (Billy - Ocean State); Gypsy (Chicago Shakes); A Chorus Line (Mark - Stages St. Louis); Disney's Beauty & the Beast (a salt shaker - NETworks Tour); My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Off-B'way).
Deanna Doyle (Lise) Is excited to return to the role of Lise after performing it in the National Tour. She is a fourth-generation performer, starting with her vaudevillian great-great aunts. Broadway: Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry), Tuck Everlasting (Astaire Award nomination for 17-year-old Winnie). Favorite regional: Ivy Smith in the pre-Broadway production of On the Town, Vera in On Your Toes, and Jean in PCLO’s Brigadoon. Metropolitan Opera, Kansas City Ballet.