An American in Paris…on Stage

American in Paris 2It was a tall order to take one of the most beloved musical films of all time and turn it into a stage production but Christopher Wheeldon, the director and choreographer, has remarkably pulled it off with astounding success.

From beginning to end, “An American in Paris” was perfection. The cast is marvelously talented and accolades go to Robert Fairchild, who more than has big shoes to fill by playing Jerry Mulligan, the wide eyed naïve American painter falling for a girl he can’t have but woos her incessantly none the less, originally played by Gene Kelly, Leanne Cope, who embodies the delicate beauty and grace of Leslie Caron, American n Paris Chateletand Veanne Cox, one of my favorite New York stage actresses, plays the staunch and oh so proper French Madame Baurel desperately holding on to the last vestiges of French tradition with humor and wit.

It goes without saying the musical score by George Gershwin is pure genius, but the orchestrations along with the heartfelt deliveries from the actors brought the music to a whole new level.

The book by Craig Lucas is dramatic and strong and not over clichéd as I’ve seen in many musical adaptations. The sets and costumes by Bob Crowley are dazzling and sumptuous, making you want to go back in time when there was such elegance and style.


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