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An American In Paris

Drury Lane Theatre | Chicago, IL
Creative Team

Director/ Choreographer : Lynne Kurdziel-Formato 

Music Director: Chris Sargent

Conductor: Chris Sargent

Scenic: Kevin Depinet
Lighting: Lee Fiskness
Sound: Ray Nardelli 
Costumes: Karl Green
Projections: Kevan Loney
Wigs/Hair: Emily Young

Props: Cassy Schillo

Assistant Director/Choreographer: Jessica Wolfrum

PSM: Larry Baker

Stage Manager: Kevin Dwyer

Projection Programmer: Alex Gendal

Projection Engineer: Robert Hornbostel

PC: Brett Beiner, Kevan Loney


"The production designers have crafted a dreamlike vision of Paris, which perfectly complements this tale of a city that has long been a cultural mecca for aspiring artists. Kevin Depinet frames the proscenium arch with posters indicative of the era, including several that prominently proclaim the recent liberation. Kevan Loney's projections, which are accomplished works of art in themselves, serve as much to evoke moods as to mark locations. Some scenes feature colorful abstract backgrounds with bright colors and eye-catching textures, while others lend landmarks such as Notre Dame Cathedral a whimsical, hand-painted effect." - Emily McClanathan, Broadway World

"Kevan Loney’s projections and Lee Fiskness’ lighting design breathe life into Kevin Depinet’s open set. The bell towers of Notre Dame loom during “Can’t Take that Away from Me.” The Eiffel Tower glows in sunset at the very moment Jerry rips up his ticket back to the States. Massive swastikas burn in the opening moments, the tattered tricolor of the French flag emerging from the flames."-Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun Times

"Kurdziel-Formato's beautiful staging hums along with wonderful dancing and costume designer Karl Green's fashion-forward period costumes. Set designer Kevin Depinet, lighting designer Lee Fiskness and projection designer Kevan Loney work well in tandem to conjure the beauty of a rebounding, recently liberated Paris.” Scott C. Morgan - Daily Herald

“Gorgeous, cinematic scenic and projection designs created by Kevin Depinet and Kevan Loney are complemented by sculptural, dramatic lighting from Lee Fiskness. Critics say that a lot, “cinematic,” but this design team really knocked it out of the park, capturing something that feels like an enormous soundstage—like the one in which the original “An American in Paris” was filmed as a movie musical in 1951. Add to that exquisite costumes by Karl Green, and the whole show feels part-Hollywood, part-Montmartre, drawing influence from the Paris cityscapes of artists like Claude Monet, Toulouse Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh.” Lauren Warnecke - Art Intercepts

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