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An American in Paris to be shown in cinemas

A scene from An American in Paris. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Gershwin musical An American in Paris is to be broadcast in cinemas worldwide later this year, following its closure in the West End.

The show played its last performance at the Dominion Theatre on January 6, after a nine-month run, and will now be shown in cinemas on May 16.

The show has music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.

Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the musical film stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, who lead a company of more than 50 performers.

The cinema broadcast is distributed by Trafalgar Releasing – formerly Picturehouse Entertainment – which was taken over by Ambassador Theatre Group co-founders Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire last year.

Trafalgar Releasing’s Marc Allenby said: “An American in Paris is one of the biggest productions to hit the West End this decade with outstanding performances, memorable tunes, beautiful costumes and exceptional sets. We can’t wait to share this production with audiences in cinemas around the world throughout 2018.”

The musical was filmed during its London run. The production opened in Paris in 2014, before transferring to Broadway and the West End. A Tokyo production is due to open in 2019.