An American in Paris Opening Night

Take a look at who was at the Australian premiere of the hit Broadway musical

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The four-time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical An American in Paris, presented by GWB Entertainment and The Australian Ballet, made its spectacular Australian premiere in our Lyric Theatre.

The opening night audience was treated to performances by Broadway and West End leads Robbie Fairchild (Jerry Mulligan) and Leanne Cope (Lise Dassin). For the national tour, they will alternate in the lead roles with Cameron Holmes and Dimity Azoury from The Australian Ballet. 

Leanne Cope and Robbie FairchildLeanne Cope and Robbie Fairchild. Photo by Darren Thomas.

Opening night guests – including Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr John Gerrard and Governor Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young PSM – were swept off their feet, giving a standing ovation.

Critics also raved about the big-hearted musical, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, with The Australian calling it “intoxicating” and Stage Whispers dubbing it “a five star diamond!”.

Cast of An American in Paris at Curtain CallOpening night curtain call with the cast of An American in Paris. Photo by Darren Thomas.

Set in post-war Paris, the musical’s reminder of the necessity of art culture is pertinent in 2022. Take a look at who was there for opening night in the gallery below.

Please note: at the time of publishing masks were mandatory at QPAC and proof of vaccination or medical exemption was required upon entry for visitors aged 16 years or over. For the purpose of social photography patrons have been captured with their attending group, with masks put back on straight after the photo, all while socially distanced from the photographer.



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