Last night I had the opportunity to see opening night of An American in Paris at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and I must tell you- it was spectacular. The show won 4 Tony Awards, 4 Drama Desk Awards and countless others during it’s 18-month run on Broadway and now it has arrived in Orlando for one week only.
While I adored the story itself, it was the choreography that truly stole the show (the musical won the Tony Award for best choreography). An American in Paris is very ballet heavy, though there are also songs of tap and jazz throughout. However, the ballerinic chemistry between the two lead characters was magical and inspiring.
The stage production is based off of a 1951 Academy Award feature film An American in Paris. The story follows an American solider pursuing his dream in Paris when he meets a mysterious French girl- together they meet many obstacles in their quest of finding true love.
While there are many original musical numbers, there are also a few familiar tunes penned by George and Ira Gershwin such as “I’ve Got Rhythm” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”.
And just a side note – the costumes are amazing. I wish to travel back to my old musical theatre days and wear some of these feathery, sparkly and sophisticated numbers- just wow.
Get your tickets quickly as An American in Paris will only be in Orlando until Sunday December 18th before the production packs up and moves on to Tampa. Don’t worry if you are not in Orlando however, the tour currently has dates well through next summer across the United States. You can visit the official website of the tour here –> An American in Paris tour
And for those of you in Orlando, you can get your tickets at the Dr. Phillips box office or online at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts website.
*I was given in comp tickets for An American in Paris in exchange for my honest opinion. As always, my opinions are my own and I thank you for your support*