An American in Paris on "Live! With Kelly and Michael"
We’ve been talking a lot about Christopher Wheeldon’s An American in Paris, and for good reason—the show’s 14 Tony nominations might have something to do with it, as well as Wheeldon’s genius choreography.
Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope of An American in Paris performing on “Live! With Kelly and Michael.” (Screenshot via YouTube)
Obviously with all the buzz around An American in Paris, we want to relive the magic again and again, but only short clips are available online. Luckily though, the stars of the show, New York City Ballet’s Robert Fairchild and the Royal Ballet’s Leanne Cope, were guests on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” this past Friday. The duo performed a lovely bit of choreography, and it was amazing to see how both dancers’ ballet backgrounds translated into the world of musical theater. They performed a very Wheeldon pas de deux: Cope’s legs-for-days extended in high développés as Fairchild whisked her around the stage. We were even treated to Fairchild’s singing voice, and it didn’t disappoint. While the clip isn’t front row on Broadway, it’ll certainly do! Watch the entire segment below: