Theatre du Chatelet, the Paris opera house where Broadway’s “An American in Paris” premiered, has teamed with Harvey Weinstein’s Weinstein Live Entertainment to bring the Chatelet production of “Singin’ in the Rain” to Broadway in 2016.
Directed by Robert Carson — who has staged “Candide” and “My Fair Lady” at the Chatelet — and choreographed by Stephen Mear (“Mary Poppins,” “The Little Mermaid”), “Singin’ in the Rain” played a sold-out run of 15 performances at the Chatelet earlier this year, and recently reopened there for an engagement (pictured above) that plays through Jan. 17.
Broadway producers have taken an increasing interest in Paris’ Theater du Chatelet since Jean-Luc Choplin, who’s been artistic director of the organization since 2006, has incorporated spiffy productions of American musicals into his programming. “An American in Paris” tried out there prior to the current, strong-selling Broadway run.
Led by Weinstein, the company Weinstein Live Entertainment also produces musical “Finding Neverland” on Broadway as well as the Rockettes’ “New York Spring Spectacular” (which will return next year in a retooled version for summer audiences). Weinstein has also been on the producing team of Broadway titles including “The Producers,” “Billy Elliot,” “August: Osage County” and “Mamma Mia!”
Based on MGM’s 1952 movie musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, the 1983 stage adaptation of “Singin’ in the Rain” has a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed. The musical had a year-long Broadway run that began in 1985.
No dates, theater or casting for the 2016 Broadway run have yet been confirmed. The current Chatelet production stars Dan Burton, Daniel Crossley and Clare Halse, among others.