Extract from a press release:
Romance, adventure and Gershwin – could a theater fan ask for more?
Filled with the music of legendary composers George and Ira Gershwin, it was announced today that the Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece ‘An American in Paris’ will dance its way through the FM Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday February 24.
Based on the Oscar-winning film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, âAn American in Parisâ transports audiences to post-war Paris, where romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. In this poignant production, Gershwin’s soaring melodies are paired with a gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love.
Hoping to start a new life, WWII veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly liberated Paris to try to make his mark as a painter. Jerry’s life is complicated when he meets the mysterious Lise, a young Parisian dancer with a haunting secret who, like Jerry, longs for a new beginning.
Winner of four Tony Awards, this exquisite production features classic Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm”, “Liza”, “‘S Wonderful”, “But Not for Me” and “Stairway to Paradise”. The New York Times proclaimed it was “pure joy” and “a triumph!” “
Big League Productions’ dazzling brand new production is directed by Jeffrey B. Moss and features breathtaking new choreography by Bob Richard. Set design is by Randel Wright, with video design by Jon Infante. Lighting is by Kirk Bookman, costumes are by Keith Nielsen and the cast is by Alison Franck.
The doors to the Kirby Center (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre) open at 6.30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets, which cost $ 45, $ 55 and $ 65, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Wednesday, December 15 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Sundance Vacations box office at FM Kirby Center, online at kirbycenter.org and ticketmaster .com and by phone at 570-826-1100. A Kirby Member presale starts Tuesday, December 14 at 10 a.m.
“An American in Paris” is produced by Big League Productions, Inc. Led by President and Executive Producer Daniel Sher, Big League is celebrating its 30th season of producing and managing Broadway shows and attractions around the world. The highlights were the collaborations with Disney on “Aida” by Elton John and Tim Rice (North America, Taiwan and China) and with Cameron Mackintosh on a new production of “Miss Saigon”, as well as the American revival tours. of Broadway, winner of a Tony Award. of “42nd Street” and Susan Stroman’s Broadway production of “The Music Man” by Meredith Willson.
Other shows include “Footloose” (Las Vegas, USA), “Titanic”, “1776”, “Peter Pan”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” with Rip Taylor, “Blast”, The Who’s “Tommy” (North America, South America, Europe and Japan), “Ain’t Misbehavin ‘” with Ruben Studdard, and the first nationwide tour of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, flying car and all.
Most recent productions include “The Producers” (original work by Susan Stroman), “Hello, Dolly” with Sally Struthers, “Guys and Dolls”, “My Fair Lady” (US tour and China premiere), dance performance original hip-hop “Groovaloo” (off Broadway), “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical “(10 tours in the United States, Grand Ole Opry and Madison Square Garden),” Dreamgirls “(United States, premieres in China and Japan),” Hair “(United States and Japan), “Bring It On” (United States and Japan) and “Legally Blonde” (United States, premieres in China and Singapore).
In 2018-2019, “A Chorus Line” toured the United States and Japan before performing for the first time in China in 2019. During the post-pandemic season 2021-2022, Big League will resume its performance. acclaimed tour of “An American in Paris”. “, presents its new production of” South Pacific “and is running its flagship production of” A Christmas Story: The Musical “for a seventh holiday season. Future tours include” Legally Blonde “,” Memphis “and” The Cher Show ” .