Great Performances: An American in Paris The Musical

Great Performances: An American in Paris The Musical

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Photo caption: Leanne Cope as Lise and Dimitri Kleioris as Jerry in An American in Paris.

Photo credit: Production images by Angela Sterling.

In a thrilling new stage adaptation of the film, directed and choreographed by dance wunderkind Christopher Wheeldon, which earned four Tony Awards.

Happily for Broadway, dance and Gershwin fans everywhere, the Broadway production makes its PBS debut on Great Performances with its original stars, Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Great Performances: An American in Paris The Musical, premieres Sunday, November 18 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV

Relive the magic of "An American in Paris" with this new production recorded in London in 2017. Described as an extended symphonic tone poem, George Gershwin’s 1928 composition “An American in Paris” was commissioned by conductor Walter Damrosch and rapidly became one of his most famous compositions. The 1951 MGM film starring Gene Kelly was inspired by Gershwin’s score and became one of the studio’s most acclaimed and famous movie musicals, winning six Academy Awards.

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