Benedum Center Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Based on the 1950 six-time Emmy Award-winning Gene Kelly with which it shares its title, An American in Paris is a love song to the French capital, both literally and figuratively, with the jazz stylings of George and Ira Gershwin underpinning this sumptuous snapshot of Parisian life! This critically acclaimed musical spectacular comes to Benedum Center on Thursday 1st June 2017!
"A dancer is a thing of beauty, and there is beaucoup beauty in director-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s ravishing production of “An American in Paris,” smartly but not slavishly adapted by Craig Lucas from the 1951 MGM movie. This stageworthy vehicle casts ballet stars Robert Fairchild (a New York City Ballet principal dancer) as an American soldier who lingers in Paris after WWII and Leanne Cope (of London’s Royal Ballet) as the unattainable French girl he falls in love with. Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron played these roles in the film, and comparisons would not be out of line." – Variety