AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in Los Angeles
If you happen to find yourself in the Los Angeles area between March 22nd and April 9th and you’re looking for something to do, you HAVE to go see AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Hollywood Pantages Theater. I want to be clear; I meant what I said when I chose the words ‘have to’. My fiancé and I had the opportunity to go to opening night last night and it was just too good to for me to put it out there as a simple suggestion.
Okay, I’ll calm down a little bit.
But, seriously, the show was amazing.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the winner of four Tony Awards and was the most awarded new musical of 2015. Not that there was any question anyway, but the cast is so studded with people from shows that are already our favorites, you know it has to be realllly good. For the Los Angeles performances, the roles of Jerry Mulligan and Lise Dassin are being played by Garen Scribner and Sara Etsy, who also held the same parts on Broadway. New to the team 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.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, the musical is based off of the Academy-Award winning film of the same name. Set in post-war Paris, the story features a (ridiculously good) ballet dancer, two former American soldiers that decide to stay behind to pursue their musical and artistic careers, a benefactress, a well-to-do family, a breathtaking ballet, and less of a love triangle and more of a love spider web. It had been years since I’d last seen the movie, so all of the twists and turns were pretty much new for me. However, the performances in this rendition were so good, I would be perfectly happy seeing this show again and again.