An American in Paris
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An American in Paris
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An American in Paris NYC Reviews and Tickets

84%
(2636 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
8%
Negative
2%
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.

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865 Reviews | 898 Followers
75
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great dancing, Great music

See it if you're a fan of Gene Kelly's dancing. Smartly staged. Great dancers and singers. Romantic story.

Don't see it if you don't care about too much dancing.

963 Reviews | 338 Followers
75
Lovely, Tuneful, Insipid, Entertaining, Old-fashioned

See it if you love Gershwin melodies and big dance numbers.

Don't see it if you want a plot that makes sense. Two of the men are in love with Lise without even knowing her. The post-WWII setting is jarring.

840 Reviews | 1006 Followers
68
Disappointing, Great staging, Boring, Slow, Beautiful dancing

See it if You love dance shows and ballet.

Don't see it if You don't like dance shows or ballet or slow moving stories.

927 Reviews | 379 Followers
71
Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if You're a fan of ballet. A lovely show heavy on the dance, light on story.

Don't see it if You're looking for a lot of story. This show is all about the dancing. The gorgeous dancing!

939 Reviews | 224 Followers
88
Masterful, Must see, Profound, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if this show incorporated ballet with the musical! absolutely incredible . Best direction you can see, great acting, a true winner.

Don't see it if you don t like innovative musicals.

763 Reviews | 212 Followers
80
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Original

See it if you like great choreography and constantly changing sets that are well done.

Don't see it if you expect a strong story line.

507 Reviews | 1867 Followers
100
Enchanting, Masterful

See it if You want to see A-list dancing talent.

Don't see it if You don't like classics

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
94
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Romantic, Ambitious

See it if you love traditional Broadway with great music and beautiful singing. Charm and grace with some thoughtful reflection on relationships.

Don't see it if big Broadway song and dance shows are not your thing.

Critic Reviews (45)

The New York Times
April 12th, 2015

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
April 12th, 2015

"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."
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The Hollywood Reporter
April 12th, 2015

"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."
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Entertainment Weekly
April 12th, 2015

"Any one of Wheeldon’s dances packs more content, smarts, and finesse than practically all the book scenes put together...When you can convey so much through pure physical expression—with a slight assist from Gershwin’s “Second Rhapsody” and “Cuban Overture”—words seem somehow insufficient. And Craig Lucas’ plodding, paint-by-numbers-style script is, regrettably, especially insufficient."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 13th, 2015

"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."
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Deadline
April 12th, 2015

"Visually sumptuous and musically rapturous – and really, what more could you ask for? – the show has so many charms. And yet, "An American In Paris" is fabulous looking but vacant. It’s a dance show that features some wonderful dancing yet never takes flight. It’s lifeless at the center."
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New York Post
April 12th, 2015

"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."
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New York Daily News
April 12th, 2015

"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."
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