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An American in Paris, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Westchester Broadway Theatre - An American in Paris - CAST - photo by John Vecchiolla If you love musicals, put on your "dancing shoes" and head over to see the play, An American in Paris at the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, New York because it truly is "S'Wonderful." This lavish production pulls out all the stops with its talented cast of Brandon Haagenson, Deanna Doyle, Erika Amato, Tommaso Antico, Lauren Sprague, Jonathan Young and Ian Knausser in the lead roles, with an outstanding ensemble to support them. The music, dancing, and singing will have you discretely tapping your feet in time with the music. An American in Paris runs until November 24, 2019.

 

Westchester Broadway Theatre - An American in Paris - Cast - photo by John Vecchiolla
An American in Paris
Cast
photo by John Vecchiolla

Although Luxury Experience only recently "discovered" the Westchester Broadway Theatre when we attended their lavish production of An Americanin Paris on opening night, Thursday, October 10, 2019, the theatre celebratedits 45th anniversary in July 2019. Owners and Executive Producers Bob Funking and Bill Stutler founded the WBT in 1974, and since then the theatre has presented over 210 main stage productions. The playbills that line the walls attest to the wonderful history of the theatre.  

Westchester Broadway Theatre - An American in Paris - Deanna Doyl, Brandon Haagenson - photo by John Vecchiolla
An American in Paris
Deanna Doyle (Lise), Brandon Haagenson (Jerry Mulligan)
photo by John Vecchiolla

The musical, An American in Paris, was inspired by the Academy Award winning 1951 MGM film, An American in Paris, directed by Vincente Minelli and starring Gene Kelly (as the artist Jerry Mulligan), Leslie Caron (as Lise Dassin), Oscar Levant (Adam Cook) Georges Guétary (Henri Baurel), and Nina Foch (Milo Roberts). Ira and George Gershwin crafted a host of memorable music for the film including the songs, I Got Rhythm, I'll Build A Stairway to Paradise, S'Wonderful, Shall We Dance,and so many more.  

Westchester Broadway Theatre - An American in Paris - Lauren Sprague, Brandon Haagenson - photo by John Vecchiolla
An American in Paris
Lauren Sprague (Milo Davenport),
Brandon Haagenson (Jerry Mulligan)
photo by John Vecchiolla

As longtime fans of the film, An American in Paris, (we have watched the film countless times throughout the years), we looked forward to seeing the play version at WBT and we loved it! The play is set in Paris, France in 1945 at the end of the Second World War. Paris has recently been liberated, and American soldier Jerry Mulligan (Brandon Haagenson) is not quite ready to go home yet. As an artist, Paris excites his senses as does the lovely Lise Dassin (Deanna Doyle), a French shop girl and aspiring ballerina. Together with fellow American Adam Hochberg, former soldier and pianist composer (played by Tommaso Antico), and Parisian Henri Baurel (played by Jonathan Young), they form an unlikely but likeable trio, all of whom have unknowingly fallen for the same girl. Rounding out the stellar cast is Erika Amato (as Madame Baurel, Henri's formidable mother), Ian Knauer (Monsieur Baurel, Henri's father), and the wealthy Milo Davenport (played by Lauren Sprague), who has fallen in love with Jerry.  

Westchester Broadway Theatre - An American in Paris - Johnathan Young, Brandon Haagenson, Tommaso Antico - photo by John Vecchiolla
An American in Paris
Jonathan Young (Henri Baurel),
Tommaso Antico (Adam Hochberg),
Brandon Haagenson (Jerry Mulligan)
photo by John Vecchiolla

The WBT's theatre-in-the-round set-up allowed the cast to fully utilize all of access points to maximize the experience bringing the dancing as close to the audience as possible. Steve Loftus, the Set Designer deftly recreated the essence of Paris, and Keith Nielsen, the Costume Designer for the production, nailed the 1940s feel of post-war Paris with his sumptuous and elaborate costumes. Director and Choreographer Richard Stafford did a wonderful job in capturing the essence of An American in Paris and bringing it tothe WBT's stage. Bravo!  

Westchester Broadway Theatre - An American in Paris - Cast - photo by John Vecchiolla
An American in Paris
Cast singing "I Got Rhythm"
photo by John Vecchiolla

Until next time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!  

Cast:

               

Brandon Haagenson

Jerry Mulligan

Deanna Doyle

Lise Dassin

Erika Amato

Madame Baurel

Tommaso Antico

Adam Hochberg

Lauren Sprague

Milo Davenport

Jonathan Young

Henri Baurel

Ian Knauer

Monsieur Baurel

Danielle Benrens

 

Rachel Beiswenger

 

Joseph Cullinane

 

Jamie Ford

 

Tim Fuchs

 

Rachel Britton Hart

 

Leeds Hill

 

Katy Kauffman

 

Ryan Lambert

 

Garrett Marks

 

Lisa Mather

 

Georgina Moore

 

Collin Sanderson

 

Rebecca Shulla

 

Joey Simon

 

Charity Van Tassel

 

Kate Wesler

 

Kent Zimmerman

 

The Creative Team:

George and Ira Gershwin

Music and Lyrics

Craig Lucas

Book

Richard Stafford

Direction & Choreography

Ryan Wise

Musical Direction

Steve Loftus

Set Design

Andrew Gmoser

Lighting Design

Mark Zuckerman

Sound Design

Keith Nielsen

Costume Designer

Gerard Kelly

Wig & Hair Design

Victor Lukas

Production Stage Manager

Theresa Stark

ASM

Grumpy's Props

Properties

Lisa Tiso

Associate Producer

About Westchester Broadway Theatre:

"The Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) is the longest running year-round Equity theatre in the state of New York, with a 44-year history of over 200 main-stage productions and nearly 1000 Monday/Tuesday special events and concerts. Our objective with this world-class venue is to always provide our audiences - which come from far and wide - with the highest production values and most memorable entertainment/dining experiences. "

"WBT is the only theatre of its kind in Westchester where Broadway performers, directors and designers gather to create this level of Musical Theatre. Each show is produced exclusively for WBT and is approached similarly to a Broadway production: casting Broadway performers at auditions in New York City and engaging the creative staff (Directors, Choreographers, Musical Directors, Live Orchestra, Set, Costume & Lighting Designers, etc.) On musical "dark nights," WBT has presented nearly 1000 Monday and Tuesday night special events and concerts, featuring top-tier talents such as Jackie Mason, Tom Jones, George Carlin, Paul Anka, Wayne Newton and Harry Belafonte. With the continued support of our tri-state area audiences, we pledge to continue to present the best in theatre and dining!"

WBT performance schedule for An American in Paris: Wednesdays at 11:15 am, Thursdays and Fridays at 11:15 am and 6:15 pm, Saturdays at 11:15 am, Sundays at 11:45 pm and 5:15 pm. Ticket pricing depends on options of Dinner & Show or Show Only. Visit the website or call the box office for pricing options.

For information on the play, upcoming performances, or to purchase tickets, please call the box office at +1-914-592-2222 or visit them on the website at www.broadwaytheatre.com.

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October 3 - November 24, 2019

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Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmhurst, New York, USA

The Westchester Broadway Theatre
1 Broadway Plaza
Elmhurst, New York 10523
Telephone:         +1-914-592-2222
Website:             www.broadwaytheatre.com
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