Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

An American in Paris

From 2,628 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 (2628)

MEMBERS SAY:

Enchanting, Romantic, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

40
Banal, Dated, Overrated, Slow

See it if You enjoy extended repetitive dance sequences and know the plot well (since it's not explained well in this show).

Don't see it if You're looking for an engaging musical. This is extremely slow and quite boring.

25
Confusing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if you like beautiful dancing and don't care about any other aspect of the show

Don't see it if you like book musicals

40
Slow, Romantic, Overrated, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You are a fan of dance and the music of Gershwin

Don't see it if If you are looking for excitement and a fast paced musical

41
Nice dancing, Terrible book, Confusing, Boring, Slow

See it if You really, really love Gershwin's music and theatrical, lyrical ballet.

Don't see it if You can't stand a bad book. Clumsily written.

44
Slow, Romantic, Dated, Great staging

See it if If you're a dance fan, this one's for you. The performances are great, also.

Don't see it if If you're looking for a show that focuses on story and great characters, don't see this. Both were quite dull.

29
Great staging, Dated, Banal, Insipid, Slow

See it if If you like beautiful dancing.

Don't see it if If you want more to a show than good dance.

45
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Slow, Great dancing

See it if you really like ballet. The dancing is great!

Don't see it if you're sick of the trope where a man repeatedly asks a woman out until she gives in and if you like your female characters to have substance

45
Boring, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Romantic

See it if you just want to see a bunch of dancing.

Don't see it if you get bored easily.

29
Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid

See it if You like ballet and are interested in a non-story told through dance.

Don't see it if You're interested in any kind of storytelling whatsoever.

40
Dated, Slow, Great staging, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You know the songs and are looking for a great choreography.

Don't see it if You need a cohesive plot in order to remain engaged.

41
Slow, Overrated, Dated

See it if You love dancing. Lots of dancing. And don't care for consent.

Don't see it if You want a quality book, relatable characters, or a point to the story.

Also They should call this play "people who can't take no for an answer." G... Read more Read less

49
Boring, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy ballet

Don't see it if you don't like ballet, you're easily bored, the romance on stage didn't seem believable

48
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky, Slow

See it if Don't. But, in seriousness, if you like dancing *gags*.

Don't see it if You'd prefer something with actual substance that doesn't cut the best songs from the movie-version.

26
Great dancing, Great score, Strong performances, Botched adaptation

See it if you love Gershwin and great dancing, and don't care how badly the well honed script of the movie has been butchered and distorted.

Don't see it if ...you expect the big ending ballet to reflect Jerry's experience in Paris (as it did in the movie).

37
Dated, Slow, Romantic

See it if if you want a night of boredom

Don't see it if don't bother seeing it!

43
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if you like old-timey movies and dance. This is a ballet-heavy show, and the dancing is wonderful

Don't see it if the plot is... very problematic by today's standards. It renders the main characters unlikable and compromises the central love story

35
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You're solely in it for the ballet dancing, or you're looking for an overly cliched, unoriginal plot with lack-luster characters.

Don't see it if You're looking for talented singing or acting, or you want a well-developed plot/characters.

25
Disappointing, Dated, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if You like dance. This was more of a ballet than a musical. It was all music I've heard in other shows and nothing felt new or refreshing.

Don't see it if If you want excitement.

30
Cliched, Overrated

See it if you want packaged mass entertainment with no thought or feeling.

Don't see it if you love the movie and don't want it ruined.

30
Disappointing, Overrated, Romantic, Slow, Delightful

See it if You really enjoy beautiful dancing and great singing

Don't see it if You are interested in the story line because the story was just awful

25
Disappointing, Overrated, Insipid, Banal, Excruciating

See it if You love musicals and don't have much theater experience.

Don't see it if You loved the movie. It's not the same story and music is taken from other Gershwin works. The story is trite.I was really disappointed.

46
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Overrated, Slow

See it if you love ballet, classic American musicals, and old Hollywood.

Don't see it if you want something relevant and mentally stimulating. There is no diversity in the cast. It's just a pretty girl who three men love. Bleh.

45
Disappointing, Entertaining, Overrated, Great dancing, Failed replication

See it if You enjoy dancing, but don't care about being true to a story that is supposed to be emulated.

Don't see it if You loved the movie. They completely transformed the storyline from the film, to the point of losing theatricality that was already present.

28
Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched

See it if You like old musicals.

Don't see it if You are a feminist, a woman, or anyone who believes in respecting a woman’s opinion. This show should never have been revived. Too dated.

30
Disappointing, Confusing, No real plot, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like dancing and boring music and predictable, slow plots and/or nothing really happening in the first act.

Don't see it if You hate boring shows that barely have a plot in the first act and only have one great dance scene.


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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