An American in Paris Summary

  • An American in Paris is 2.5 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: March 13, 2015
  • Opened April 12, 2015
  • Show Closed: October 9, 2016

An American in Paris tells the romantic story of a recently separated Army veteran who tries to start over by moving to Paris. During his journey he comes across a French girl, their paths intertwine as both are tasked with starting anew in a post-World War II landscape.

An American in Paris on Broadway Background

Based on the 1951 Academy Award winning film of the same name starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, An American in Paris features a newly reimagined story with a book by Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza, Prelude to a Kiss) as well as a score by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. The score includes classic Gershwin hits such as "S’Wonderful", "I Got Rhythm", "But Not For Me", "Stairway to Paradise" and "They Can’t Take That Away". The show premiered in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet, prior to coming to Broadway.

Christopher Wheeldon directs and choreographs this musical with scenic as well as costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz and sound by Jon Weston. An American in Paris' 2015 TONY Award for Best Choreography is a testimony to how compelling the dancing on the Palace Theatre stage really is.

What’s An American in Paris Like?

This Broadway show takes place after World War II, the story of An American in Paris follows a protagonist named Jerry Mulligan, who participated in the brutal combat only to decide to begin his life anew in Paris as a painter, a drastic change in his life. He then meets a lovely shop girl named Lise, who complicates the new life that he had begun with fellow ex-pat Milo Davenport. Jerry then realizes that his friends Adam and Henri are also all interested in Lise.

This classic tale of youth in Paris in the 20th century has been reworked to spark the imagination of those in the 21st century, coupled with a brilliant Gershwin score and an exciting path of production in both Paris and New York.

Is An American in Paris Good for Kids?

This is a show intended for the whole family. However, children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre. Children from age 6 are encouraged to come to the show.

Theatre Information

Palace Theatre

1554 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
Seats: 1,743
Entrance: Broadway, between 46th and 47th Street
Theatre Information

Palace Theatre Seating Chart

An American in Paris Marquee

An American in Paris Marquee

Cast Members

Jerry Mulligan
Dimitri Kleioris
Lise Dassin
Leanne Cope
Milo Davenport
Jill Paice
Madame Baurel
Veanne Cox
Henri Baurel
Max Von Essen
Adam Hochberg
Brandon Uranowitz

Producers

Stuart Oken

Roy Furman

Van Kaplan

Production Credits

Director/Choreographer
Christopher Wheeldon
Costume/Set Designer
Bob Crowley
Sound Designer
Jon Weston
Lighting Designer
Natasha Katz
Lyrics
George Gershwin + Ira Gershwin
Book
Craig Lucas
Orchestrations
Christopher Austin
Music
George Gershwin
Musical Director
Brad Haak
Projections
59 Productions
Score Adaptation
Rob FIsher
Production Stage Manager
Rick Steiger

Creative Team

General Manager
101 Productions
Company Manager
Rina Saltzman at 101 Productions
Casting Director
Rachel Hoffman at Telsey + Company
Technical Supervisor
Jake Bell
Advertising Representative
Serino Coyne
Press Agent
Boneau Bryan-Brown
Music Supervisor
Todd Ellison