'An American in Paris' Finds Broadway Home

1:44 PM PST 07/17/2014 by Ashley Lee, David Rooney
"An American in Paris"

The musical adaptation of the 1951 Gene Kelly film will begin previews in March, following its world premiere in Paris.

NEW YORK — An American in Paris is moving from Paris to America in March.

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Based on the 1951 film, the new musical will begin previews on Mar. 13, follow its world premiere in the French capital at Theatre du Chatelet in December. The show's official Broadway opening will take place Apr. 12.

The film-to-stage adaptation will move into the Palace Theatre, which currently houses the last few shows of Holler If You Hear Me, which features the music of Tupac Shakur.

Featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, the show is being adapted by Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza), with distinguished former New York City Ballet soloist Christopher Wheeldon set to make his Broadway debut as director-choreographer.

The story follows a World War II U.S. Army veteran looking to start a new life as a painter in Paris. A wealthy patroness takes him under her wing, but complications ensue when he falls for a young French girl with her own romantic entanglements.

Directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner, the movie starred Gene KellyLeslie Caron and Oscar Levant. It won six Oscars, including best picture.

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The Broadway productions creative team includes Bob Crowley (sets and costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting) and Jon Weston (sound), with Rob Fisher adapting and supervising the musical score.

Songs featured in the show will include such standards as "I Got Rhythm," "S'Wonderful," "But Not for Me," "Stairway to Paradise," "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and "They Can't Take That Away," as well as Gershwin orchestral music. Casting will be announced at a later date.

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