Nailed it. The cast and crew at Babylon’s Argyle Theatre has set the bar high with its stellar season closer, An American in Paris, running through October 23.
Every detail is as perfect as it gets, barely a fault with this team’s delivery of the Academy Award winning 1951 film. The new stage musical features a score by the greats, George and Ira Gershwin and written in a fresh way by Tony-nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas.
Set in the French capital in the wake of World War II, An American in Paris tells the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city—each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of international conflict.
“After the dynamic success of Footloose at The Argyle, An American in Paris is the perfect way to continue that dynamic to end our current season,” Argyle Theatre’s Artistic Director Evan Pappas said. “We have, yet again, assembled a first-rate team of actors, singers, and dancers that will truly entertain audiences.”
There must be better way to describe the energy of this production. The team is truly top-notch, delivering a flawless retelling. The set, the script, the on-stage chemistry, are all in alignment for this production.
The cast includes Brandon Haagenson (Off-Broadway: Afterglow. National Tour: Beauty and the Beast), Helen Krushinski (Regional: Joseph…; Oklahoma!), Jacob Ben-Shmuel (Regional: Godspell), Max Kuenzer (Argyle’s Footloose. Regional: The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Elizabeth Brady (National Tour: R & H Cinderella), Erika Amato (National Tour: Flashdance—The Musical), David Scott Curtis (National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof), Olivia Gjurich (National Tour: Fiddler on the Roof), Courtney Echols (International Tour: An American in Paris), Gigi Hausman (Regional: Gypsy), Aiden Pressel (National Tour: CATS), Cameron Hah (NYC: The True and Unquestionable Account of Dr. Joseph Snodgrass), Drew Reese (Argyle’s Footloose. Regional: The Bodyguard, The Musical), Rashawn Sangster (Regional: Kiss Me Kate), Spencer Dean (TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Lucas Ryan (Regional: Cabaret), Taylor Kurtz, Maci Arms (BROADWAY BARES XXX), Steven Gagliano (Regional: Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia), and Grace Lemieux.
The creative team includes set design by Anthony Freitas, lighting design by David Shocket, costume design by Peter Fogel, sound design by Sarah Goodman, and Prop Master Emily Todt. Production stage manager is Kellian Frank with Assistant Stage Manager Christina M. Woolard, COVID safety manager is Perseis J. Grant, production manager/technical director is Michael Kauffman, production coordinator is Alison Savino, and the casting director is Michael Cassara, CSA. Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.
The Argyle Theatre is located at 34 West Main St. in Babylon. An American in Paris began performances on Sept. 15, ahead of its opening night on Sept. 17 and will run through Oct. 23. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. with one added performance on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Visit www.argyletheatre.com for tickets (ranging from $45 to $79) and more information. Group rate and school trips are available.
Click here to check out our exclusive interview with Brandon Haagenson, lead actor in Argyle’s An American in Paris.