AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Brings Incredible Singing and Dancing to The Fox Theatre!

By Marci Miller

An American in Paris, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards, will play Atlanta's Fox Theatre for a limited one-week engagement August 15-20. Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas. The show is based on the 1951 film which starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron and was directed by Vincent Minnelli. The iconic film has inspired modern day culture including last year's award winning film, LaLa Land.

The score of An American in Paris includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," "''S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris."

The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. In addition to its four Tony Awards, the show has won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Drama League Award for Best Musical, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and two Theatre World Awards.

Joining the cast in the title role is newcomer McGee Maddox (Jerry Mulligan) who comes from the National Ballet of Canada. Maddox trained at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy, joining Houston Ballet as an Apprentice in 2005. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2009 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2014. Recently, Maddox debuted as Leontes in The Winter's Tale, Albrecht in Giselle and L'Aviateur in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince. Maddox has danced principal roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, Cinderella, The Nutcracker and many more.

We recently spoke to McGee Maddox to get his take on starring in this amazing show:

As a professional dancer, how thrilled were you to land a role in a show like An American in Paris?

Landing this role was the break of a lifetime. I have been searching for opportunities to further my performing arts skills and disciplines and was eager to take on such an iconic role.

Were you a fan of Gene Kelly before you were cast?

I was a fan of Gene Kelly! He has either directly or indirectly influenced every American male dancer after him.

What other challenges have you have had in this role?


The other challenges for this role have been the singing and the acting. These are new disciplines for me but rewarding and fun to explore on stage.

There are so many iconic Gershwin songs featured in the play…which are some of your favorites to perform for the audience?

My favorite song to perform is "Beginners Luck". It's my first big number in the show and a thrilling one at that.

Why do you think so many of the Gershwin songs are still popular today?

These Gershwin songs are still popular today because they are timeless. I think the audience will be reminded of melodies that they might have forgotten.

Tell us about the costumes and sets.

Bob Crowley has done a brilliant job with the sets and costumes. He captures a time period and a style that is a joy to visit night after night.

How has the audience response been to the show? Is there a lot of energy in the theatre during the performance?

These audiences could not be any better. They get a kick out of every number, the laugh at every joke, and cry at every heartbreak. The energy is palpable from the back row to the stage.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting FoxTheatre.org/paris, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office. For more information, visit AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com or BroadwayInAtlanta.com

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