Friday, November 21, 2014

Un Américain à Paris

In an unprecedented French-American coproduction, the musical "An American in Paris" debuts tomorrow in Paris before opening on Broadway next year.  Based on the famous 1951 film starring Gene Kelly, in turn inspired by George Gerschwin's 1928 symphony, this production, directed by the British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope.  It will run at the 150-year-old Théâtre du Châtelet through January 4 before opening at the Palace Theatre in New York on March 13, 2015.  Last week our class received reviews of the 1951 film screened by our partners in CNX 117 Americans in Paris, taught by Professor Carrie Landfried.  We are looking forward to sharing our impressions once we see the show on December 9.  In the meantime, it has been heavily advertised in Paris and has been attracting significant media coverage, including a long story in this weekend's edition of Le Monde.

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