They don’t write stories like this anymore. An American in Paris is an old-fashioned love story. In today’s angst-filled world, this musical is a throwback to simpler times. Christopher Wheeldon’s brilliant choreography, and the pure joy Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope exude while dancing, make this a show worthwhile seeing if for no other reason.
Jerry Mulligan (Fairchild), an American soldier, stays in Paris after the end of WWII having fallen in love with the city and with Lise (Cope), a French girl. Two of his friends are also in love with this girl, but none know of the other’s feelings. That’s about as deep as the story gets. Which one gets the girl? I think you can figure it out. But this is not the point of seeing this production.
The costumes, the music and the DANCING! Oooh la la! Fairchild and Cope are reminiscent of Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in the 1951 movie, but they make this show their own. For anyone in the mood for a show that is charming, visually stunning and/or loves dance, An American in Paris is a must. LAR
Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway, between 46th & 47th Streets
Ticket prices: $47-$147
Discounts available: Theatermania, Broadwaybox: $55-$119
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission
Runs thru: open-ended