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First National Tour of "An American in Paris" Makes Philadelphia Premiere at the Kimmel Center's Academy of Music, November 22-27, 2016

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Philly, Broadway is back! The 2016-17 #BWYPHL season kicks off with the first national tour of @AmericanInParis Nov. 23-27

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Amanda Conte

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Michael Foell

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Show Marks Opening of Broadway Philadelphia Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, September 21, 2016) –– AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most honored new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, will make its Philadelphia premiere at the Academy of Music for a one-week engagement November 22-27, 2016. The show,for which the Kimmel Center is a producer as part of Five Cent Productions and Elephant Eye Productions, opens the 2016–17 Broadway Philadelphia season.

“We are delighted to open our 2016–17 Broadway Philadelphia season with a show that has already danced its way into so many hearts,” said Kimmel Center President & CEO Anne Ewers. “As one of the producers of this Tony Award-winning production, we pride ourselves on bringing the best of Broadway to Philadelphia. This beautiful production is the perfect prelude to the phenomenal season ahead.”

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 creative team is also comprised of Tony Award-winners Bob Crowley (set and costume designer) and Natasha Katz (lighting designer); Jon Weston (sound designer); 59 Productions (projection designer); Rob Fisher (musical score adaption, arrangement and supervision); Todd Ellison (musical supervisor); David Andrews Rogers (musical director/conductor); Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott (orchestrations); Sam Davis (dance arrangements); Telsey + Company/Rachel Hoffman, C.S.A. (casting); Rick Steiger (production supervisor); Dontee Kiehn (associate director/associate choreographer); and Sean Kelly (resident director).

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS won four 2015 Tony Awards, 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. The musical was included on the Year’s Best lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, the Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Masterworks Broadway Original Broadway Cast recording of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS was nominated for the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award.

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 on April 12, 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris November 22, 2014-January 4, 2015. The New York production recently played its 500th performance, and continues at the Palace Theatre through Sunday, October 9, 2016.  A West End production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS will start in March 2017 at the Dominion Theatre.

The producers are Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan, and Roy Furman, by special arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical, Pittsburgh CLO and Théâtre du Châtelet. 

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Academy of Music at the Kimmel Center

Dates and times:

November 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

November 23, 2016, 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

November 25, 2016, 8:00 p.m.

November 26, 2016, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

November 27, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

November 27, 2016, 6:30 p.m.


Tickets are available now and start at $20.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling (215) 893-3333, visiting, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly Pops, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music.  TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2015-2016 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit


For more than 100 years, The Shubert Organization has been in the forefront of the American theatre. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the Shubert Organization owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six Off-Broadway venues, as well as the Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia The company has produced and co-produced hundreds of plays and musicals, including the original Broadway production of CATS, Dreamgirls, Sunday in the Park with George, Amadeus, The Real Thing, The Grapes of Wrath, Equus, The Elephant Man, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, School of Rock ­The Musical, and The Humans. The Shubert Organization is proud of its ongoing refurbishment program for its theatres, seeking to preserve the historic character while modernizing them to accommodate the needs of today’s audiences.

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