AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season! The New York Times raves, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in Dayton on its first national tour!
Photo: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Touring Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Struck by a mysterious girl and ready to rebuild his life at the end of WWII, American soldier, Jerry Mulligan, decides to stay in Paris and nurture his passion for painting. With a little help from kindred soul seekers Adam Hochberg, a composer and fellow veteran; and Henri Baurel, the son of wealthy French industrialists and wannabe song and dance man, they imagine a future brighter than the atrocities they’ve recently witnessed.
When Jerry is reconnected with the mysterious girl — a stunning French ballerina named Lise Dassin — he seems certain that he made the right decision. That is, until he discovers that she is the very same woman he and Adam have been encouraging Henri to propose to. Meanwhile Jerry makes the acquaintance of headstrong American philanthropist, Milo Davenport who, struck by his talent and good looks, ushers him into the Paris art scene exploding with new life and energy post-war.
Tension mounts as Lise struggles to choose between her obligations to Henri and what she thinks might be her true love for Jerry. As each man comes to terms with his own fate, Milo realizes that her passion might be better spent trying to help others than herself and, after it’s revealed that Lise is beholden to Henri because he and his family saved her life during the occupation, both she and Henri realize that it is time to let go.
When the curtain falls on the opening night performance of the ballet that will allow Lise to claim her place as a free artist in France, she knows that she is meant to be with Jerry. They reunite at the River Seine and walk off into the Paris night.
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