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Love is a Three-Way Street for An American in Paris

Brilliant dancing, talented actors, and music by George and Ira Gershwin ... who could ask for anything more?

Theater Review: Love is a Three-Way Street for An American in Paris

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Three's a happy company of unlikely guy pals in post-WWII Paris as each waits eagerly for the right girl to come along ... until, that is, this trio of romantic suitors all become hopelessly enamored with the same beautiful and mysterious French ballerina. Like a Turner Classic Movies production brought vividly to life on stage, An American in Paris drops audiences right into this classically-traditional musical inspired by the 1951 Academy Award®-winning film starring Gene Kelley and Leslie Caron.


Drawing a nostalgic crowd to the Music Hall at Fair Park, the four-time Tony Award®-winning show features a live orchestra delivering up familiar tunes like I've Got Rhythm, Fidgety Feet, and They Can't Take That Away from Me. Impressionistic video projections illuminate the stage to recreate the City of Light while dozens of gliding prop pieces intermittently allude to an outdoor park, street-side cafe, contemporary apartment, and even an opulent theater.


A cast of energetic young dancers fling themselves (often literally) into a number of era-specific styles including tap numbers, jazz expressions, a glitzy chorus line, and wonderfully-imaginative ballet sequences including a fantastic 14-minute grand finale choreographed by director Christopher Wheeldon. Love interest Lise Dassin (played by the sweetly-graceful Sara Esty, a former soloist with Miami City Ballet who performed the Lise alternate on Broadway) is courted and supported by especially-strong leading men comprised of aspiring painter Jerry Mulligan (Garen Scribner, a former soloist with the San Francisco Ballet who now comes direct from this lead role on Broadway), budding composer Adam Hochberg (Etai Benson who played Boq in Wicked on Broadway), and wannabe singer Henri Baurel (Nick Spangler from Broadway's The Book of Mormon and Cinderella). A few performances will put alternate Ryan Steele into the role of Jerry Mulligan; and on two instances when Sara Esty takes a break, her twin sister Leigh-Ann Esty will be filling in as Lise.


SEE ALSO: An American in Paris, the Most-Awarded Musical of 2015, Makes Its North Texas Debut

This most-honored musical of the 2015-2016 Broadway season is now making its North Texas debut at Dallas Summer Musicals through Sunday, February 12, 2017 with tickets starting at $25.00 before moving to Fort Worth's Bass Hall on February 11-19, 2017. So voila, there you have it: brilliant dancing, talented actors, and outstanding music by George and Ira Gershwin ... who could ask for anything more?



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Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas Summer Musicals 2016/2017 Season Announcement We're thrilled to announce our new season, and we hope you'll join us! Season Tickets On Sale Now! Visit www.DallasSummerMusicals.org to renew your subscription or to become a new DSM subscriber today! Dallas Summer Musicals 2015/2016 Season Teaser
An American in Paris on Broadway - Meet Cast Member Sara Esty Get to know the cast of An American in Paris on Broadway! Gorham, Maine native Sara Esty takes us on a walk around Paris' legendary Notre Dame cathedral, and talks about returning to the Palace Theatre, the place where she performed her first Broadway show. Dallas Summer Musicals 2015/2016 Season Teaser
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