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CLO producing 'American in Paris' for Broadway [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 18, 2013


A stage musical based on the film "An American in Paris" is headed for Broadway, with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera as one of the producers.

The production with music by George and Ira Gershwin is aiming for Broadway in 2015 after a stop in -- where else? -- Paris next December.

Producers said the new work will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, making his Broadway directing debut, and have a story by Craig Lucas.

The story centers on a romantic tangle in post-war Paris. The score includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "S'Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "Stairway to Paradise," "Our Love Is Here To Stay" and "They Can't Take That Away." It will follow on the heels of other recent Gershwin stage hits, "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess."

The producers of the show, including CLO executive producer Van Kaplan, said, "This material provides an ideal opportunity for U.S.- and Paris-based producers to share development and production of a show with a unique history and meaning to both countries."

Other producers include Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and Elephant Eye Theatrical in Chicago.

Pittsburgh CLO, in recent years, has been involved as a producer in several Broadway shows, including two nominees for best musical this year -- "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda The Musical."

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