[Josh Drake (top left), Will Skrip (top right) and Skyler Adams star in "An American in Paris."]
This musical play was adapted for the stage by internationally acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. It opened December 2014 in Paris and April 2015 on Broadway. The book was written by Broadway-actor-turned-playwright Craig Lucas. The Broadway production won four out of the 11 Tony Awards for which it was nominated.
“An American in Paris” was a 1951 film musical inspired by George Gershwin's 1928 orchestral composition of the same name. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guetary and Nina Foch, it was directed by Vincente Minelli. The music was composed by Gershwin with lyrics by his brother, Ira, and additional music by Saul Chaplin. The movie was an enormous success, earning eight Academy Award nominations and winning six, including Best Picture.
The setting is Paris in 1945 just after World War II, as the city springs back to life from the ashes of war. Adam, an American GI, remains in the City of Light working as a pianist and composer. This American in Paris serves as the show's narrator. Jerry, another vet, deliberately misses his train home to nurture his passion for painting in the City of Art.
They meet at a cafe where Henri, the son of wealthy French industrialists, is rehearsing the nightclub act that he hopes to perform when he moves to America. After difficult wartime experiences, this trio is pursuing art and love in an attempt to rebuild their lives. They strike up a friendship, imagine a brighter future and dub themselves the Three Musketeers.