An American in Paris Reviews
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Dee from Los Angeles, California
Dancing, sets, singing! It has it all. Fantastic performance!
Valerie from Costa Mesa, California
The combination of dance, music, comedy, story of love along with great set design and transformation was fabulous. Sara Esty who has a lead role as Lise is both graceful and energising ultimately stealing the show with her talent for both ballet and singing. The big tap-dancing scene done by the three male leads along with a full stage of dancers exceeded my expectations. We had Orchestral Terrace seats that were optimal for viewing the entire stage. I loved it so much I would go again!
Virginia Accetta from San Diego, California
WANTED TO SEE MORE SET DESIGN OF MAGNIFICENT PARIS!
I couldn't wait to take my Grand Daughter Avery to see this magical performance of a classic play for her very speciai 13th birthday present. I had built up the evening by taking her to a French dinner, French motif birthday presents in a French tote bag...and then the actual performance with live orchestra (she was impressed). The voices and dancing were amazing. Like other reviews, I didn't feel the chemistry between Jerry & Lise, but what I missed most was beautiful background historical landmarks of Paris actually staying in the scenes, tree lined streets, metro kiosks, bridges with those beautiful streetlights over the Seine, etc. to help us feel we were there. I too, wondered about the "love connection" and how it happened with Jerry & Lise--needed to be a little more overt so audience could really feel it.. Being a "Francophile" my expectations were probably on the higher side.
KH from Boulder Colorado
INNOVATIVE SET DESIGN!
Favorite singer was Nick Spangler at Henri ..I didnt feel the chemistry from Garen Scribner, . Best, most dynamic singing was when 3 male leads sang together. Loved the set designs , the flow and movement of sets added energy to the whole play.
Carol Constantino from Orlando, Florida
Might have been politely sitting throughout the show but every inch of my being was pulled into this performance. Ballet and Broadway had a love child and called it "An American In Paris"...what a blessing! Prepare to swoon, float, fall in love and still be singing the songs the next day. I wanted to shout, "Encore!" I wanted Instant Replay. No wonder there was a spontaneous standing O!!!
Marcia from Saint Paul, Minnesota
STUNNING AND UNFORGETABLE
This was a graduation present for a young man who loves Jazz, Gershwin, and great theater. All of us were enchanted. We watched the 1951 movie a few weeks ago and agreed that the changes in tone, script and the addition of more music suited modern taste. The best comment on the performance came from the young man: "It was so clear that they set out to create art." Amen to that.
Mary Prete from Chicago, Illinois
MISSING THE MUSIC
I was very excited about seeing An American in Paris but immediately was saddened to see the small size of the orchestra. Many of the orchestrations felt too thin,. When you are presenting such well known pieces, the audience comes with an aural history and that was disappointing. The sets were amazing, the company wonderful but I felt the leads were lacking chemistry. There did not seem to be any genuine affection between the two leads. It was impressive how competently the leads sang. A good evening but my expectations were higher based on the New York production.
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