Following a recent run in the West End at the Dominion Theatre, hit musical An American in Paris arrives on the big screen this week.
Any number of shows could have been included in this post; frankly it’s ludicrous that I decided to stick with my whole top 12 idea… As I’ve seen about 90 more individual shows than last year.
Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman, James Graham’s Ink and the National’s revival of Sondheim’s Follies dominate the shortlists for the 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Long before the era of the modern day jukebox musical, Hollywood was already hard at work re-hashing classic George and Ira Gershwin numbers from the 20s and weaving them into Vincente Minnelli’s 1951 movie An American In Paris. Inspired by Gershwin’s orchestral work of the same name, it was Gene Kelly’s dance work alongside Minelli’s vision that was to propel the picture to multi-Oscar success.
An American in Paris has extended booking, with tickets on sale until Saturday 27 January 2018.
The final line-up of guest presenters have been announced for this year’s Olivier Awards, which take place this Sunday 9 April 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall.
Directed by Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris officially opened at the Dominion Theatre earlier this week. Here is what critics have been saying about it.
I have been waiting years for a musical of this quality, of this range of imagination and musical excellence, and of this sheer unadulterated beauty to arrive in London. Happily – so happily, An American in Paris is it.
Here’s what London is crying out for: an escape to Paris. And not the Paris of Marine Le Pen or any other modern foes and woes, but the sumptuous Hollywood Golden Age version now bursting into technicolour life onstage at the West End’s Dominion Theatre via New York and, yes, appropriately, Paris.
Seeing An American in Paris made me ponder the question what constitutes the perfect musical? If I’m honest, I haven’t got the answer, but I’m pretty sure having seen this production, that this is the closest you will ever get to seeing one on a West End stage.
‘S wonderful, ‘s marvellous to see old-fashioned musicals making a comeback on to the West End scene – not least this gloriously beautiful and exquisite production.
An American in Paris now rocks up at the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre, just ahead of another huge dance-heavy Broadway musical in 42nd Street, producers clearly banking on audiences wanting distraction from the realities of the outside world.
This is the big one, the Broadway spectacular, the one where rom-com meets top-flight ballets in more costumes than you can blink at; where dream-sequences explode into surreal immensity.
One of Wheeldon’s finest moments that captures the romantic essence of its Parisian roots and brings it into the present day. Experience a cast and creative team working its peak in a fitting homage to an iconic style.
Full casting is announced for Christopher Wheeldon’s stunning reinvention of the Oscar® winning film (that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. Joining the previously announced Broadway stars Robert Fairchild (as Jerry Mulligan) and Leanne Cope (as Lise Dassin) will be Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel, Zoë Rainey as Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg and Jane Asher as Madame Baurel. Ashley Day will be the alternate Jerry Mulligan (and will assume the role from Monday 19 June 2017).
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS bursts into life on the West End stage for the first time when Christopher Wheeldon’s multi award-winning new Broadway musical comes to London’s Dominion Theatre next spring. Inspired by the Oscar® winning film and featuring the timeless music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin with book by Craig Lucas, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS has preview performances from Saturday 4 March 2017 with the official opening night on Tuesday 21 March 2017.