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An American in Paris world premiere at Théâtre du Châtelet

An American in Paris world premiere at Théâtre du Châtelet

In a departure from the usual situation, the classic movie musical An American In Paris was not adapted from a Broadway show. It was a movie original, but surely such a flagship of the genre should not be missing from the stage? Well, it’s missing no longer. November 22nd 2014 sees the world premiere of a brand new stage production of An American In Paris presented at the renowned Théâtre du Châtelet. An American in Paris - Leanne Cope (Lise) & Robert Fairchild (Jerry) - Photographer Sylvain Gripoix

See one of the all-time great Musicals in Paris

An American In Paris was originally a symphonic poem written by the legendary George Gershwin in the late 1920s, after he’d been influenced by the composers he met during a stay in Paris. Some years later the musical movie producer Arthur Freed wished to create a story based around George and Ira Gershwin songs and so a scenario was created that utilised existing works such as I Got Rhythm and Our Love Is Here To Stay. This was made into a 1951 film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron that is considered a classic of the genre.

The story features an ex-G.I. called Jerry who settles in Montmartre to work as an artist following the Second World War. He meets and falls in love with a young shop assistant called Lise, but has a rival for her affections in the form of Henri, a singer of popular songs.

The new production, which runs until January 4th, is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope in the lead roles of Jerry and Lise. Rarely has a show been so eagerly anticipated.

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Musical 'An American in Paris' : November 22 - January 4, 2015 Théâtre du Châtelet, 2 rue Edouard Colonne, Paris 1er Tel. 0033 (0)1 40 28 28 40 Metro : Châtelet (exit Théâtre du Châtelet or Place du Châtelet) - lines 1, 4, 7, 11, 14 RER A / B ou D : Châtelet - Les Halles

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