Je T’aime, Paris

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Photo by Sylvain Gripoix
(Photo by Sylvain Gripoix)

Brandon Uranowitz brings passion to An American in Paris

The city of Paris is known for many things, but two nicknames come to mind: “The City of Lights” and “The City of Love.” When World War II ends, an American war veteran turned painter, a Jewish concert pianist and a French singer all believe the city holds the key to romance and a new beginning in An American in Paris.

Brandon Uranowitz plays Adam Hochberg, the struggling pianist who dreams of performing Gershwin’s music for a hall of people. Like his daydreaming counterpart, starring on Broadway will never seem to feel like reality for the talented actor.

An American In Paris Brandon Uranowitz
Brandon Uranowitz

“It’s been, quite literally, a dream come true,” said Uranowitz. “I’ve tried at least 20 times now to answer this question properly, but there truly is no way to articulate it. It’s surreal.”

Christopher Wheeldon, an English international choreographer of contemporary ballet, directed the actors in the show, and according to Uranowitz, any chance one gets to work with Wheeldon is unbelievably rewarding.

“Chris is one of the smartest artists I’ve met and his energy during rehearsal was, in a word, inspiring,” said Uranowitz. “He just instinctively knows what works and what doesn’t, and that instinct was invaluable in helping us to tell this story with specificity, clarity and heart.”

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Photo by Sylvain Gripoix
(Photo by Sylvain Gripoix)

Much of the role of Adam was inspired by George Gershwin, and his experience writing the An American in Paris “symphonic poem,” which Uranowitz said is the music at the heart of the show.

“The majority of my preparation was spent researching George and reading about his life, particularly his time in Paris. Oh, and lots of voice lessons” he said. “I love his [Adam’s] sense of humor. I love that despite the tragedy and trauma of World War II and the Nazi occupation, he can still manage to make people laugh. That, to me, makes him a hero.”

An American In Paris Photo by Angela Sterling
(Photo by Angela Sterling)

Uranowitz said that he relates very much to the character of Adam, perhaps more than he would like to admit.

“The filter through which Adam views the world might be perceived as cynical, sardonic or jaded. But, I think he simply insists on living life authentically and honestly,” he said. “And, like him, I refuse to wake up in the morning and put on some rose-colored glasses just to protect myself from negativity. That’s not real life.”

What was originally a movie about hope and love is now on Broadway promoting those same ideal virtues. For Uranowitz, he hopes that the audience takes away one simple piece of advice.

“I hope An American in Paris reminds people to love fully, every day,” he said.

For a full review of An American in Paris, see A Parisian Rendezvous

A Parisian Rendezvous

Want It In Print?

We now offer matted and framed copies of articles upon request.

Jennifer Fauci
Jennifer Fauci is the former managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

Leave a Reply

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

Nassau Museum Offers Digital Art Exhibitions

For a sample of the online museum, updated daily, visit nassaumuseum.org.

Connecting While Maintaining Distance

I started a gratitude journal at the end of February. Around that time, I began to realize that I was focusing too much on...

Philanthropic Response Fund Launched To Support Long Island Nonprofits

The Community Foundation will work closely with sector leaders to understand evolving needs and gaps in funding.

Spring Gardening Tips From Old Westbury Gardens 

If there is a silver lining to the ongoing pandemic, it is that many of us in self-isolation have much more opportunity to discover...

FCA Pays Virtual Visits To Isolated Long Island Seniors

Article By: Lisa Stern, AVP Senior and Adults Services, FCA The stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19 has increased the vulnerability of Long Island seniors....

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.

x