photo by Matthew Murphy
Take the time to dance! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continues its third season on November 7 (the episode will re-air on November 14) with an exclusive look at the touring production of An American in Paris. Tune in as The Balancing Act takes viewers behind the scenes of the hit Broadway musical, which kicked off its touring production on October 25.
In this episode, correspondent Amber Milt introduces the viewers to Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon, who talks about his creative process for developing the musical and how he individualized the production to reflect the strengths of the touring cast. We also sit down with Sara Esty and her identical twin sister, Leigh-Ann Esty, who share the role of Lise, as they discuss what it was like growing up and dancing together, and now sharing this iconic role on the road. Along with Sara, we will meet Garen Scribner, who plays Jerry, the young American soldier who stays in Paris after the war, and together they will discuss what it takes to stay in shape for an 8-show performance week.
Based on the Oscar-winning film and featuring music by George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris tells the tale of young souls in Paris yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. The show follows World War II Army vet Jerry Mulligan as he chooses the recently liberated French capital as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. With the assistance of fellow ex-pat Milo Davenport, a wealthy American with a past she wishes to forget, Jerry’s life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret. Soon it becomes clear that Jerry’s friends—Adam, a Jewish American composer, and Henri, a Parisian aristocrat—also vie for Lise’s love.
Visit the official Broadway Balances America website to discover more about this exciting series and to find out which Broadway musicals will also be featured!