Here’s what London is crying out for: an escape to Paris. And not the Paris of Marine Le Pen or any other modern foes and woes, but the sumptuous Hollywood Golden Age version now bursting into technicolour life onstage at the West End’s Dominion Theatre via New York and, yes, appropriately, Paris.
It’s a slew of five-star reviews this morning for An American in Paris, Christopher Wheeldon‘s blockbuster adaptation of the 1951 film classic, with Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope dancing their way into critics hearts as American GI Jerry Mulligan and his Parisian paramour Lise, played onscreen by the late Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron (still very much alive and in attendance last night).
The dreamy dance sequences, the abundance of classic Gershwin tunes (fodder for no end of plays on words. Got Rhythm? you bet!), the eye-popping designs care of Bob Crowley and video genuises at 59 Productions… All amount to some s’wonderful pull quotes for the posters. I imagine the box office is very busy today – extension announcement soon?
I’ve rounded up key overnight reviews below – including from numerous My Theatre Mates colleagues – as well as first night photo coverage and tons of social media buzz which you can peruse via my other site, StageFaves.