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An American in Paris

From 45 critic and 2,623 member reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Romantic, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

About the show

A new dance musical based on the classic 1951 film, telling the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and an indomitable European city. More…

'An American in Paris' is the story of World War II Army veteran Jerry Mulligans, who chooses newly-liberated Paris as the place to make a name for himself as a painter. Jerry's life becomes complicated when he meets Lise, a young Parisian shop girl with her own secret. Soon it becomes clear that Jerry's friends are also vying for Lise's love. This romantic tangle can only be untied through the miracle of dance set to George and Ira Gershwin's classic score.

2h 30m | Already closed | Palace Theatre (Midtown W)

Stu on Broadway

"Director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, who has worked with ballet companies worldwide, has created one of the most extraordinary and spectacular works for the musical theater I have seen in many years. Working with librettist, Craig Lucas, he has fashioned a book musical that is utterly alive with song and dance." Full Review


"A visual, dance-driven Broadway story-telling creation that is gorgeous, enchanting, seamless and sophisticated. It is a tribute not only to the music of George and Ira Gershwin, but to the genius of director Christopher Wheeldon, and the performance abilities of a stellar cast." Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

"This is what musical-comedy dance can look like when it’s made by a choreographer who knows how to do more than just stage a song...Not since “West Side Story” has dance been used to such overwhelming effect on Broadway...“An American in Paris” is in no way for ballet buffs only: It is, first and foremost, an old-fashioned, big-hearted spare-no-expense Broadway romance. That it is also a masterpiece of theatrical dance is sweet icing on an already tasty cake." Full Review


"There are some shows where you linger a moment after the actors' curtain calls, reluctant to part company after sharing a swell evening. That was the feeling at "An American in Paris," a colorful, charming, dazzlingly danced adaptation of the great 1951 Gene Kelly movie. With its score of eternally lovely Gershwin songs, the show is a celebration of movement as an equal partner to song and dialogue in telling a story...In every way, "An American in Paris" offers a marvelous journey back in t... Full Review

New Jersey Newsroom

"Ravishing visuals, beautiful dancing, classic Gershwin songs, dandy performances and a pretty good story; this is a blessedly unfaithful Broadway version of the M-G-M film musical...The entire show truly dances along in Wheeldon’s exceptionally graceful staging. The generally dreamy quality with which Wheeldon imbues the production results in a thoroughly enchanting attraction that offers a refreshing change from the hard-driven nature of concurrent Broadway musicals." Full Review


"There is an airy and dizzying quality to Christopher Wheeldon’s wonderfully imaginative production of "An American in Paris." It feels something like a first gasp of air after holding your breath for a long, long time. Broadway is currently awash in questionable movie-to-musical marquees, but a stage version of the 1952 Oscar-winning picture starring Gene Kelly feels like a foregone conclusion held in suspension. And over half a century later, the wait was worth every minute." Full Review


"The show has a glorious Gershwin score going for it, not to mention exquisitely conceived and executed ballet numbers…But it’s the characters and their stories that elevate this show beyond mere musical extravaganza…The story unfolds with great finesse…The show looks as good as it sounds…The creators show they understand why people go to musicals— to be moved and dazzled with equal force. 'An American in Paris' is as smart and spirited as it is spectacular." Full Review

Off Script with Dan Dwyer

"'An American In Paris' presents a new and remarkably effective book and new, breathtaking choreography...Lucas’s narrative succeeds so well because it’s dramatically character-driven...It’s all a thoroughly effervescent delight...The production design only enhances the emotional destinies of the characters and dramatic peaks of choreography. These elements, like every aspect of 'An American in Paris,' are sustained in perfect balance by Wheeldon. C’est magnifique." Full Review

The Associated Press

"This season on Broadway features multiple musicals that are based on iconic films. One of the most sublime among them is surely "An American in Paris," helmed with panache by top director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Gloriously inventive and balletic, it has an intriguing new book...Beneath the considerable pizazz, Wheeldon conveys with grace and style the heartfelt romance and emotional colors that keep us enchanted until the last beautiful note has been sung." Full Review

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"Every so often a gem the likes of “An American in Paris” is brought from screen to stage, and for a moment you can stop asking why so many movies are made into musicals. With exquisite performances and aesthetics, this ballet-musical theater hybrid makes good on a title with Oscar-winning clout. The similarities don’t end there — but this adaptation goes its own way and then some, with an innovative approach to staging and a breathtaking melding of art forms." Full Review

The New York Times

"The city of light is ablaze with movement in the rhapsodic new stage adaptation of “An American in Paris.” This gorgeously danced — and just plain gorgeous — production pays loving tribute to the 1951 movie, to the marriage of music and movement, and to cherished notions about romance that have been a defining element of the American musical theater practically since its inception. Just about everything in this happily dance-drunk show moves with a spring in its step." Full Review

New York Daily News

"Guiding his first musical, Wheeldon shows a vibrant vision and buckets of imagination, transforming the 1951 film that inspires the show...“An American in Paris” is at its best whenever it’s in motion, which is often. Occasionally the show stubs its toes on corny jokes and book scenes that could use a bit more finesse, such as Jerry’s clunky wartime reflections. That’s nitpicking — just a bit of minor turbulence during this lighter-than-air ride." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"If playwright Craig Lucas' book scenes at times seem over-complicated, and some of the songs feel shoehorned in rather than integral to the plot, that's a small price to pay. When the music is this glorious, who's complaining? And perhaps it's inevitable that when the many and varied dance interludes convey such soaring romance, dialogue scenes can sometimes seem an impediment. But an awkward transition or two can't diminish the pleasures of a show that's one long sustained swoon." Full Review

USA Today

"Wheeldon has crafted a show that looks and sounds sumptuous throughout..."Paris" fares best when its talented cast is singing and dancing — which is, happily, a good deal of the time...The ballet sequences, not surprisingly, are the soaring high points. The number can't match the cinematic detail of the original, of course. But overall, it's a dazzling achievement in its own right." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"There is nothing self-conscious about "An American in Paris." It’s dazzling and noisy in the best sense of an American musical. At the same time it puts a canny, majestic lift beneath the patter and pas de deux, as Paris is redeemed." Full Review

Chicago Sun-Times

"Inspired by the beloved 1951 film, Wheeldon has created what might best be described as a story ballet on steroids. Everything in this new musical moves — from the actors (two of whom just happen to be world class dancers), to the fabulously “choreographed” projection-enhanced sets and costumes...And even when the dialogue falls a bit flat, the story is in such perpetual motion that words seem almost beside the point. Dance is the only language really needed here." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

"Why does "An American in Paris" feel so fresh? First-time Broadway director Christopher Wheeldon has turned it into a modern’s mesmerizing, unlike anything I’ve witnessed on Broadway before...While this is what makes An American in Paris special, it’s not the whole show. There are also traditional razzmatazz song-and-dance routines. There are scenes full of dialogue. There’s a plot. Some of playwright Craig Lucas’s choices are intriguing (some aren’t.)" Full Review

New York Post

"An airy, gentle caress of a show, “An American in Paris” is a welcome oddity on Broadway. Based on the 1951 movie, this musical stars two classically trained dancers — directed by dancer-turned-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. What those three bring is often swooningly beautiful...The downside of this elegance is that when the production needs pep and razzmatazz, it’s in short supply...But when those two are onstage, they make you believe in love — and the power of dance — all over again." Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

""An American in Paris" is a fine and fanciful entertainment...It has sublime songs and dexterous dancing. ’S wonderful? ’S marvellous? ’S nearly. Where Wheeldon falters is in pacing and storytelling...At times, the action stalls while the actors move. But if you can ignore the stops and starts, there’s so much to enjoy in between, not least some of the Gershwins’ greatest hits." Full Review

AM New York

"What also sets it apart are its intricate ballet sequences, exceptional music supervision, a dazzling design scheme and an unusually somber book by playwright Craig Lucas...Lucas stresses the cultural tensions in postwar Paris, bringing up the painful stains of Nazi occupation...Though heavy-handed and drawn out, he deserves credit for trying to add depth to the film...Regardless of the book, the music is glorious, the visuals are innovative and the performances are top-rate." Full Review


"The fusion of the Broadway musical and ballet, set to the sublime music and lyrics of the Gershwin Brothers’ songbook, is an evening of pure enchantment. Forget what you know about the movie, because Christopher Wheeldon, the director and choreographer, has truly reinvented a new, old-fashioned-style musical…The one drawback of the musical is the book by Craig Lucas, and the forced obligatory humor that has to be injected into a serious musical." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"If "An American in Paris" fails as an integrated musical, it soars as choreography, and ought to be seen, admired, and appreciated as such. By marshaling dance as few others have on Broadway in recent memory, Wheeldon has provided us a jolting reminder of the incomparable, incalculable power of dance to speak of our deepest longings and agonies when words and even lyrics cannot." Full Review


"Surreal collisions of song, dance and visual art capture the desires of young expats and Parisians to create something beautiful as they rediscover their city in the aftermath of World War II...It feels like two shows. One is a great ballet, the other an uneven musical...the book can be heavy-handed...These spoken scenes often give way to appealingly sung classics, but it's when dance is involved that the show truly takes off." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"The musical, visually beautiful though structurally thin and frequently shaky, delivers this nostalgic charm against a gorgeous backdrop of a post-war Paris...The final product feels to be a patchwork musical, indulging us with visual spectacles and beloved melodies at the expense of cohesive musical storytelling...Those seeking a nostalgic evening of George and Ira Gershwin's music will find much to love, and the show is a must-see for anyone with a passion for ballet." Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"With its odd combination of dour outlook and joyful movement, and its very tasteful corralling of the giddy Gershwin songs from disparate sources that constitute its score, the show is a Broadway unicorn...The attempt to merge dance storytelling with musical-theater storytelling may not always be satisfying but especially at a time when more conventional musicals aspire to the condition of high-speed sledgehammers, it is a delight to relax into a show with a dreamier pace." Full Review

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