A time­less film’s mu­si­cal re­mount

THEATRE | An Amer­i­can in Paris March 27 to April 29, Princess of Wales Theatre

Toronto Life - - Culture -

The bal­let-in­fused Gersh­win mu­si­cal, which won the 1951 Os­car for best pic­ture, has re­cently en­joyed a sec­ond wind: its Broad­way res­ur­rec­tion grabbed four Tony Awards in 2015, in­clud­ing one for Christo­pher Wheel­don’s ir­re­sistible chore­og­ra­phy and another for Bob Crow­ley’s painterly set de­sign, which ban­ishes all the Parisian clichés of the orig­i­nal film. The tale of post­war ro­mance be­tween an Amer­i­can sol­dier and a French dancer, set against the lib­er­a­tion of France, also gets some added com­plex­ity in Craig Lu­cas’s new li­bretto.

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