An American in Paris is a dance musical with grace, grit and Gershwin: a winning combination if ever there was one. Based on the 1951 film of the same name that starred Gene Kelly as a demobbed American soldier in Paris and Leslie Caron as the French ballerina he falls in love with, it is now transposed to the stage, with further songs added from elsewhere in the Gershwin catalogue, and even more ecstatic dance, from jazz and tap to ballet. Read more
An American in Paris, which ran at the Dominion Theatre in 2017, features music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and a book by Craig Lucas. The stage production had its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, before opening at Broadway's Palace Theatre on 12 April 2015. The London production opened at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End on 21 March 2017 where it was greeted with fantastic five-star reviews from 28 different publications.
Inspired by the Oscar-winning film of the same name which starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, the stage production of An American in Paris features many of George and Ira Gershwin’s most iconic songs including "I Got Rhythm", "‘S Wonderful", "I’ll Build a Stairway To Paradise" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me", alongside some of Gershwin’s sweeping compositions including "Concerto in F", "Cuban Overture" and of course, the iconic "An American in Paris".
Artistic Associate of the Royal Ballet Christopher Wheeldon has reinvented the production which brings together exceptional scenic designs with a stirring score and acclaimed choreography. The Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, as well as eight Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical. At the 2015 ceremony it went on to win 4 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Lighting Design of a Musical and Best Choreography.
The West End production is led by original Broadway star Leanne Cope who created the role of Lise Dassin in Paris and New York. West End regular Ashley Day takes on the role of Jerry Mulligan, made famous in the film by Gene Kelly. They are joined in London by Haydn Oakley, Zoë Rainey, David Seadon-Young and Jane Asher.
An American in Paris follows Jerry Mulligan, an American GI pursuing his dream to make it as painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war...
The production features award-winning set and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Jon Weston and projection designs by 59 Productions. The musical score is adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher with orchestrations by Christopher Austin and Bill Elliott, dance arrangements by Sam Davis and musical supervision by Todd Ellison.
Read our 5 star review of the West End production.
Based on the 1951 Academy Award-winning film of the same name, An American in Paris brings to life the beauty of post-war Paris with one of the most romantic stage musicals ever seen. World War II Army veteran Jerry Mulligan is eager to begin a new life in the newly-liberated city of Paris, following an army career and brutal realisation of combat.
Dreaming of living in the city of love and making a name for himself as a famous painter, he meets the beautiful Lise, a young Parisian shop girl who has her own secret. Aided by his fellow ex-pat and wealthy American friend Milo Davenport, he throws himself into his new life in the city. As he finds himself falling further for Lise, he begins to realise that his two friends Henri, a French aristocrat and Adam, a Jewish American songwriter, also vie for her romantic attentions.