'An American in Paris' to Close on Broadway

An American in Paris Production Still 6 - H 2015
Angela Sterling

An American in Paris Production Still 6 - H 2015

The Tony-winning musical adaptation of the MGM screen classic will close in October, just before launching its national tour.

The soaring Gershwin melodies and transporting ballets of An American in Paris are leaving Broadway.

The stage musical adaptation of the classic MGM movie will close on Oct. 9, lead producers Stuart Oken, Van Kaplan and Roy Furman have announced.

The dance-driven romance began performances at the Palace Theatre on March 13 last year, and officially opened April 12. Reviews were glowing, with several publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, ranking the musical among their top 10 New York theater productions of 2015.

Grosses regularly topped $1 million a week for most of last year, and while the show has begun to slip in recent months, cumulative box office for the run stands at a very respectable $76.7 million. The producers initially set a Jan. 1 closing date for the show, hoping to draw increased numbers of theatergoers through the tourist-populated summer months. However, as sales have continued to slump, they decided to anticipate the closing.

Also adding to the production's revenue stream, a U.S. national tour is set to kick off in Boston on Oct. 14, while a London run starts March 21, starring original Broadway leads Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Discussions also are in progress for productions in Japan, China and Australia.

An American in Paris is directed and choreographed by ballet luminary Christopher Wheeldon, with a book by Craig Lucas and a score of classic tunes by George and Ira Gershwin. The show received 12 Tony nominations in 2015, winning four — for choreography, orchestrations, set design and lighting.

The production will have played 29 previews and 623 regular performances by the time it closes.