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※155 minutes with 20 intermission.
※Performed in English with Chinese surtitles.
※Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break during the performance.
※Suggested for ages 7+
An American in Paris: The Musical
★★★★★ Sheer musical theater magic. - The Stage
★★★★★ A ravishing version of the Hollywood musical. - The Guardian
★★★★★ Beg, borrow or steal to see it! - The Financial Times
This rhapsodic production is a triumph that pays loving tribute to the marriage of music and movement. - The New York Times
Ravishing sets, sparkling costumes and a captivation, dancing cast: who could ask for anything more? - Critic’s Choice, Mail on Sunday
Sumptuously beautiful and heartfelt, it has a romantic pizzazz all of its own. - Whatsonstage
Christopher Wheeldon is a former principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, U.K. He has choreographed for numerous top-tier dance companies all over the world, including the New York City Ballet (former dancer and choreographer in residence), Moscow Bolshoi Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. Mr. Wheeldon is praised as one of the greatest choreographers of his time.
An American in Paris is Mr. Wheeldon’s first attempt on directing a musical theater. Thriving on his solid expertise in dancing and stage setting, this musical is one-of-a-kind and mind-blowing. His work, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, commissioned by the Royal Ballet in 2011, was 4-star rated by The Times and Financial Times. He choreographed for the closing ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012, and in the same year, joined as Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet. In 2018, his ballet production, Corybantic Games, was nominated Best Choreography of the National Dance Awards, U.K.
Had it not been Gershwin, American music would have stalled for dozens of years. Shooting to fame with Rhapsody in Blue in 1924, Gershwin fascinated even Ravel by incorporating jazz and blues elements into a classical idiom, sophisticatedly arranged for an orchestra.
In the 1920s, Gershwin headed to Paris to study with Ravel, Stravinsky, Nadia Boulanger, and other big-name contemporary composers. Ravel wrote in his rejection letter, "Why be a second-rate Ravel, when you are a first-rate Gershwin!?" With such a positive remark, Gershwin wrote the jazz-rich An American in Paris after returning to the U.S. as a token of that fruitful period.
Romanticism in Europe hit a dead end in the late 19th century. Many composers had tried to find a way out. Gershwin was one of them who drew from the changing European music and created something new with the melting pot of American cultures. His works span a variety of genres such as symphonies, piano pieces, songs, operas, musicals, and even movie soundtracks. He was also nominated/awarded an Academy Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Gershwin’s legacy is long-lasting as he has inspired subsequent American composers including Bernstein and many more to come.
Director and Choreographer / Christopher Wheeldon
Music / George Gershwin
Lyrics / Ira Gershwin
Writer / Craig Lucas
Musical Supervision / Rob Fisher
Scenic and Costume Design / Bob Crowley
Lighting / Natasha Katz
Sound / Scott Lehrer
Creative Consultant / Bartlett Sher
Actor / Ryan Steele, Leanne Cope, Julia Nagle, Scott Willis, Zachary Prince, Emily Ferranti
Production / Broadway Asia Group