Running since March 2015 At Broadway's Palace Theatre, a new musical based on the classic 1951 film, featuring the iconic score by George and Ira Gershwin.
From the producers: An American in Paris transforms the timeless story of love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II - into a new Broadway musical of hope, redemption and romance. The romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war, is the stuff of Broadway dreams.
"An American in Paris" is one of the greatest, most elegant, and most celebrated of MGM's 50's musicals. The entire film glorifies the joie de vivre of Paris, but it was shot on MGM's sound stages in California, except for a few opening, establishing shots of the scenic city. Nonetheless, it remains one of the most optimistic American films of the post-war period - with Paris at its center. The film brought eight Academy Award nominations and won six of them, including Best Picture.
Prior to it's Broadway run, the new production had its world premiere at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.
Richly satisfying...a vibrant vision and buckets of imagination...a cast and design team at the top of their game. Occasionally the show stubs its toes on corny jokes and book scenes that could use a bit more finesse...[but] just a bit of minor turbulence during this lighter-than-air ride.
Exuberant...helmed with panache...gloriously inventive and balletic, it has an intriguing new book. Beneath the considerable pizazz, Wheeldon conveys with grace and style the heartfelt romance and emotional colors that preserve us enchanted till the final gorgeous note has been sung.
Colorful, charming, dazzlingly danced...excitingly directed and choreographed. [The plot is] all terribly contrived - and endearing...[the] dancing is exhilarating. Although dance is in the forefront of the show, singing is hardly neglected...a marvelous journey back in time.
Any one of Wheeldon's dances packs more content, smarts, and finesse than practically all the book scenes put together. Lucas' plodding, paint-by-numbers-style script is, regrettably insufficient. [But] Wheeldon's ballets are positively transporting.
New York Magazine
When "Paris" is on its feet, it's often sublime. As for the more traditional musical-comedy numbers, all are well danced...but while working so hard to avoid the movie's emotional glibness, the stage musical has fallen into some of the same structural traps. The actors work very hard, with varying success.
New York Post
Often swooningly beautiful...the downside of this elegance is that when the production needs pep and razzmatazz, it's in short supply...Lucas' book turns heavy-handed. [But] when those two [leads] are onstage, they make you believe in love - and the power of dance - all over again.
New York Times
Just plain gorgeous...while [some] elements occasionally feel like dutiful attempts to inject contemporary gravitas, they certainly do not bring this airborne show down to earth for long. [The] buoyant dances and the heat-generating performances infuse the evening with the headlong energy of youth.
Thrilling...Wheeldon has made something special. Just how extraordinary is unspooled all evening with exuberant, sweeping innovation, dark historical understanding and a big, smart heart. [The] story [is] deftly written by Lucas.
Wheeldon has crafted a show that looks and sounds sumptuous throughout. The show's tone can be darker and heavier than that of the film's. "Paris" fares best when its talented cast is singing and dancing - which is, happily, a good deal of the time.
Ravishing...we rarely see this kind of dancing on Broadway. [The dancers] prove equally credible as all-around performers who can sing and act on a professional level...[an] unorthodox transformation of a bright and cheerful musical into an enchanting but more reflective and deeply moving experience.
June 25, 2016
GREAT costumes. GREAT dancing. GREAT music. So GREAT it was MAGICAL sets and lighting. Easy, beautiful and accommodating staff and theatre. Story moved sluggishly and was a little lost and confusing in the dance. With that said, the dance, again, was a thing of beauty, skill and elegance that could bring you to tears.
April 11, 2016
A classic Broadway musical. A bit slow in spots but the dancing was terrific.