We chatted with McGee Maddox who plays Jerry Mulligan in “An American in Paris” coming to Nashville October 31-November 5,
Q: What drew you to musical theater, more specifically “An American in Paris”?
A: I have always looked for ways to expand my skills as a performing artist and musical theater seemed like a natural next step for me coming from a purely dance background. Knowing that Chris Wheeldon was at the helm of “An American in Paris” made this show and venture most appealing.
Q: What has been the most challenging part of transitioning from ballet to musical theater?
A: The performance schedule. As a principal ballet dancer I might perform two maybe three times a week. With this show I’m onstage 6 nights a week.
Q: What can audiences expect when coming to see the show?
A: The most talented group of singers, actors and dancers in the country.
Q: Do you see any similarities between yourself and Jerry Mulligan?
A: We are both artists. We look for the beauty in all things.
Q: What have you done to make the role your own?
A: I can’t tell you all of my secrets.
Q: What do you hope audiences take away from the performance?
A: The joy and love that our company bring to the stage night after night to tell this story.
Tickets for “An American in Paris” presented by Bank of America are on sale now at TPAC.ORG, in person at the box office or by calling 615-782-4040.