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1564 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
Ended 9 Oct 2016 after 18 months
"An American in Paris" weds music and movement, song and story with such exhilarating brio that you may find your own feet fidgeting under your seat before it's over, and your heart alight with a longing to be swept up in the dance."
Charles Isherwood, New York Times.
Premiering at the Theatre du Chalet in Paris before heading to Broadway for its American stage debut, An American in Paris is the cherished tale of a young artist discovering life and love after the war. This brand new adaptation promises to present the story afresh for a new generation of audiences, whilst keeping the heart of Gershwin's beloved, witty and elegant musical. It won a total of four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Choreography for its wondrous dance sequences.
First seen in the form of a symphonic poem in 1928, Gershwin intended the show to be a love-letter to his time in Paris as a young man, suggesting the energy and vitality of the city. It was adapted as a movie in 1951 by Vincente Minnelli (Liza's dad) for MGM, and starred the legendary Gene Kelly and Lesie Caron in the central roles. It won six Academy Awards and cemented Kelly as the quintessential presence in American dance.
To be young and restless in Paris is a dream for many of us, but in the late 1940's, it's the buoyant Jerry Mulligan's life. After escaping the horrors of the war, he moves to the city of romance in the hopes of avoiding the daily grind and making it as a painter. Aided by wealthy fellow American Milo Davenport, his reputation is on the up, but his heart is stolen by the ingenue, Lise. Day dreaming and dancing, with the Gershwin's wonderful score, An American in Paris celebrates the best in life, in true Parisian style!
Previews from: 13 March 2015
Opening night: 12 April 2015
Closing night: 9 October 2016
Suitable for audiences of all ages
Two hours and 50 minutes including one intermission
It is post World War II and Jerry Mulligan, an American vet soldier, has decided to stay in Paris to pursue his passion for art and forget the hardship of war. He forms a friendship with fellow American composer, and wealthy Frenchman, Henri Baurel who d more »
3 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)
The dance, the sets and of course the Gershwin music- couldn't be better.... more
I only knew certain scenes from the Gene Kelly movie and was not interested... more
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