“An American in Paris” will be the first Broadway show to perform an excerpt on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” appearing during the second week of Colbert’s much-anticipated run behind the desk of CBS’ latenight talkshow.
The musical, which won four Tony Awards last season, will appear on the Sept. 18 episode of “Late Show.” Along with a performance from the musical, the episode will also include interviews with “An American in Paris” director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope.
An appearance on a latenight talkshow represents a desirable showcase for stage productions desperate to get in front of a national television audience. One of Colbert’s competitors, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” features Broadway titles fairly regularly, with recent appearances made by productions including “Something Rotten!”
Based on the 1951 movie musical, Broadway’s “American in Paris” has consistently been one of the highest earners of last spring’s crop of new musicals. Along with its Tonys, the musical picked up trophies at the Drama Desk Awards, the Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Drama League Awards, among others.