Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

An American in Paris

From 2,629 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)

Member Reviews (2629)

MEMBERS SAY:

Enchanting, Romantic, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

50
Dated, Overrated

See it if You love dance.

Don't see it if You find dance boring

65
Ambitious, Cliched, Great staging, Fluffy, Romantic

See it if you like dancing and classic Gershwin

Don't see it if you are looking for much beyond beautiful dancing

60
Ambitious, Great staging, Romantic, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like dancing - ballet.

Don't see it if You prefer more singing and less dancing.

62
Slow, Great staging

See it if If you like old time musicals

Don't see it if You don't like seeing slow moving musicals

50
Disappointing

See it if you would like to see beautiful choreography, and great scenic design.

Don't see it if you are looking for powerful performances,or if you do not enjoy ballet dancing.

59
Entertaining, Fluffy, Romantic, Cliched, Enjoyable

See it if You like musicals or need to entertain out of town guests who want a traditional or nostalgic trip to Bway

Don't see it if You dislike fluff and conventional gender roles

60
Banal, Romantic, Slow, Overrated, Beautifully danced

See it if You love a light romantic comedy and beautiful dancing. The dancing is the very best element of the evening.

Don't see it if You love the movie and expect it to be as gorgeous as that. The new book really drains the energy out of the show and expands it poorly.

50
Slow, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you love ballet. There isn't much story, & it's s-l-o-w-l-y presented.

Don't see it if you want to get involved in a story with characters you could care about.

68
Disappointing, Cliched, Great staging, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You like to see beautiful dancing as the main means of story telling or see Cox and Scott walk away with the show.

Don't see it if You hate projections, want to hear a well sung evening of theatre, or want good writing because the book is terrible.

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You love ballet. You want to see a somewhat pretty show with no substance.

Don't see it if You want to see a well written show. You are expecting to hear the songs you love sound good. You want to see inspired set design.

69
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Slow

See it if I know I am in a minority here but found it slow and the staging disappointing so I really can't recommend it.

Don't see it if See above

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Great dancing

See it if you love dance and dancing. This is the only redeemable aspect of the show. It would have been better as a ballet.

Don't see it if enjoy at least a mildly decent book, want to hear at least mildly good singing, want to be at least somewhat entertained.

66
Slow, Romantic, Great staging, Disappointing

See it if you love dancing more than anything else.

Don't see it if you find dancing boring.

64
Disappointing, Gorgeous to look at, Beautiful, Slow, Enchanting

See it if you're a big fan of ballet and other dance. There's very little story, it's very largely a dance show with a narrative

Don't see it if you're looking to see a traditional musical. Many of the songs are so-so with long dance breaks to separate them

50
Enchanting, Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Exquisite

See it if if you love the ballet.

Don't see it if if you like coherent and interesting storylines and characters.

65
Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched, Fluffy, Slow

See it if you have nothing else to see on Broadway OR if you are interested in dancing, particularly ballet.

Don't see it if You want something that pushes the edges of theater or you like 3D characters.

67
Enchanting, Great dancing, Long, Romantic, Slow

See it if you love ballet and/or large sweeping dance driven shows.

Don't see it if you get tired and shows or are easily distracted. If you are looking for something vocal or character focused.

60
Enchanting, Romantic, Overrated, Beautiful design, Amazing choreography

See it if you're looking for a visually stunning show. The set design and the choreography are outstanding.

Don't see it if you actually want to see a real musical. This was much more of a ballet with the occasional dialogue....

54
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Boring

See it if nothing else is available to see.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of ballet.

62
Great staging, Fluffy, Romantic, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if The dancing is top-notch and the sets and staging are beautiful. Gershwin's music is great to hear.

Don't see it if you want to hear songs you already know and a plot you can figure out in the first minute but it takes almost 3 hours to get there.

51
Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You love the movie

Don't see it if You don't like classic musicals or are annoying by long ballet sequences

51
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if You can focus only on the dancing and plot, characters or story are completely unimportant to you.

Don't see it if You are anything other than a white, heterosexual who believes that French women are an exoticized Other to be pursued.

65
Exquisite, Dated, Cliched, Disappointing, Dance-filled

See it if you love elegant dance; you like escapist beauty; you love Gershwin (more classical music); you like traditional early American musicals

Don't see it if you like a good story and don't want to be bored; you prefer an intimate performance space; you hate ballet

60
Amazing dancing, Beautiful music, Flat characters, Visually lovely, Dated

See it if You want pretty dancing and Gershwin

Don't see it if You prefer feminism in your shows; you find ballet boring


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 ...
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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 b...
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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 inter...
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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 C...
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