Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

An American in Paris

From 2,634 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 (2634)


Enchanting, Romantic, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging
Avg Score

Enchanting, Masterful, Exquisite, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You love ballet mixed with other types of dance, along with Gershwin songs.

Don't see it if You need to see real chemistry between the leads to enjoy the story line or if you have trouble following a plot that is shown through dance

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if If you enjoy great choreography, and are open to having the dance tell the story, this is a delightful show with excellent Gershwin music

Don't see it if If you don't like dancing

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Masterful

See it if A beautifully done musical with a great score, cast and choreography.

Don't see it if You get bored with ballet

Absorbing, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You can in the next 3 days. A marvelous production

Don't see it if You like plays more than musicals

Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like spectacular Broadway shows.

Don't see it if I can't find a reason why not going to see it.

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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

Entertaining, Refreshing, Romantic, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you want a musical that's a visual treat with a glorious score (natch, it's Gershwin) and a wonderful performance from Robert Fairchild.

Don't see it if you don't want a show that trivializes the supporting characters and situations.

Delightful, Great staging, Must see, Riveting, Romantic

See it if You love Romance, dancing, exquisite staging.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy art and music.

Dated, Great acting, Slow

See it if you like the movie it's based on, great dancing

Don't see it if you want a plot more interesting than a dated rom-com

Ambitious, Entertaining, Romantic, Fluffy

See it if you love dance, enjoy lovely music and want escapism entertainment

Don't see it if if you want a story line that makes sense


See it if you love musicals with lots of dance. Decent entertainment.

Don't see it if you don't like dancing or Gershwin’s music.

Delightful, Great staging, Romantic, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if you love a classic touching romance, incredible dancing, Gershwin music, & excellent staging.

Don't see it if you're don't enjoy ballet, are looking for a fresh/original story, or don't enjoy long dance numbers.

Ambitious, Exquisite, Romantic, Invigorating, Muddled book

See it if you love beaucoup buoyant dance & beautiful design. When the performers & their characters step outside their comfort zones, it's paradise.

Don't see it if you can't forgive some cluttered story-telling or if you prefer contemporary songs and style.

Entertaining, Great staging, Funny, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if you enjoy dance. It's a lot of ballet, that is performed very well. The sets are beautiful.

Don't see it if you dislike a loose story and more dancing than singing and book.

Entertaining, Romantic, Enchanting, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You love ballet. The supporting cast is really strong. You love Gershwin. It was nice to revisit a classic with a modern twist on the set.

Don't see it if You don't tolerate classic musicals well. You can't get Gene Kelly or the movie out of your head: you won't watch it properly.

Great choreography, Gorgeous staging, Romantic, Enchanting, Exquisite

See it if you love dance and design -- this was one of the most visually stunning shows I've ever seen. Its Tony wins for design were well-deserved!

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with a peppy plot and contemporary music.

Entertaining, Great staging, Slow, Romantic, Original

See it if You love dancing and all those great Gershwin tunes!! This is a joy to watch and a feast for the eyes! Not bad on the ears, either!

Don't see it if You don't like ballet. It's also a little slow in parts and is long (and sometimes feels it).

Delightful, Dated, Great singing

See it if You want to see a classic musical with a strong cast. The actors take dated material and make it charming, and the dancing is exceptional.

Don't see it if You expect it to be reimagined or brought up to date. This production treats it effectively as a period piece.

Romantic, Slow, Masterful, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if you're a romantic at heart

Don't see it if you're averse to ballet

Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you really like dance. you love the movie. Disappointing AND ambitious? Yes. Admirable to have so much dance in a show but weak story.

Don't see it if you don't like a lot of dance. you're expecting a "traditional" Broadway show

Superb dancing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if you appreciate dance and want to see fantastic dancers. Robert Fairchild is a revelation. Gershwin music and gorgoeus choreography shines.

Don't see it if you get bored with dance.

Enchanting, Great staging, Romantic, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy the jazz inspired score of Gershwin, beautiful choreography, and are in the mood for romance.

Don't see it if you need a story with substance or are not a fan of the ballet (the show is much more ballet than musical theatre).

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.

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.

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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