An American in Paris: one last dance on the big screen
Fans of An American in Paris will be delighted to learn that this critically acclaimed musical is to be screened in cinemas around the world on Wednesday, May 16. The filmed version will feature the original cast led by Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild, who was shortlisted for Best Musical Performance at the 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his role.
The Tony Award-winning show tells the story of Jerry, an American GI who moves to Paris to become a painter after the war, where he falls in love with Lise, a dancer.
It’s inspired by the classic 1951 film, which starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, and has music by George and Ira Gershwin plus choreography by Christopher Wheeldon.
When it opened in March last year, An American in Paris – which was co-produced by Bruno Wang Productions – received a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from UK critics.
The Mail on Sunday praised it as “spectacularly ravishing” with “rhythm, romance and razzle-dazzle”. The Guardian called it a “riot of colour and movement” and the Telegraph recommended its “sensuously intense dance and some of the finest show tunes from the Gershwin back catalogue”.
In the US, the show has already won four Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Drama League Award, two Theatre World Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, three Fred and Adele Astaire Awards and an Actors’ Equity Association ACCA Award.
The musical was filmed during its London run, which has just closed. The production opened in Paris in 2014, before transferring to Broadway and the West End. A Tokyo production is due to open in 2019.
Tickets for the cinematic version are now available at www.anamericaninpariscinema.com. It will not be screened in North America or Japan.