By Dena Burroughs  --  March 26, 2017

Theater - AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is now at the Hollywood Pantages

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, the most awarded new musical of 2015 and winner of four Tony Awards®, is now performing at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a 3-week engagement through April 9, 2017.

Inspired by the Academy-Award winning film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the story of three young men and a mysterious girl in France, all of them yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas. 

Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin are played by Garen Scribner and Sara Esty, who performed these leading roles on Broadway. Joining them are Etai Benson (Wicked) as Adam Hochberg; Emily Ferranti (Wicked, Dreamgirls) as Milo Davenport; Gayton Scott (Gypsy, The Women) as Madame Baurel; and Nick Spangler (The Book of Mormon, Rogers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Henri Baurel. 

 The score of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS includes the songs "I Got Rhythm," "Liza," “’S Wonderful," "But Not For Me," "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise," and orchestral music including "Concerto in F," "Second Prelude," "Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture" and "An American In Paris." 

 The production opened to widespread critical acclaim at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in April 2015 after its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The New York production closed in October, 2016 after playing more than 600 performances. 

At the Hollywood Pantages the production is colorful and energetic. The dance numbers are impressive and it’s no surprise since the leads – Scribner and Esty -  are former soloists with the San Francisco Ballet and the Miami City Ballet respectively. The “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise” number is a favorite of the audience, as the stage turns brightly into Radio City Music Hall with all its expected fanfare.

The performance schedule for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is Tuesday through Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sunday at 1 pm and 6:30 pm. The musical is recommended for ages 6 and up. (Children under 5 are not admitted to the theatre. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.) Individual tickets for AN AMERICAN IN PARIS start at $35, available at HollywoodPantages.com/AnAmericanInParis, by calling 800-982-2787, and at the Hollywood Pantages Box Office (6233 Hollywood Boulevard). The box office opens daily at 10am except for Holidays.

Peter Manning Robinson's debut Refractor Piano™ Concert [April 2016]. Photo credit: Michael Rueter/Capture Imaging.

Nick Spangler and the An American in Paris Touring Company / Photo by Matthew Murphy

Sara Esty and Garen Scribner in An American in Paris / Photo by Matthew Murphy