Wednesday, January 30, 2008

'S Wonderful

On the dancing heels of The Band Wagon, another classic MGM movie musical is traveling from screen to stage: the 1951 Oscar winning Best Picture An American in Paris.

In addition to the classic songs from the movie, the score will be enhanced with such other Gershwin standards as "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" and "The Man I Love". The plot has also been tweaked, and will now revolve around the making of a fictional movie also titled An American in Paris. Crazy for You's Harry Groener and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Erin Dilly star.

The new tuner, officially titled The Gershwins' An American in Paris, will have its world premiere in April in Houston.

UPDATE: has an interview with playwright Ken Ludwig, who is adapting An American in Paris for the stage. Ludwig received a Tony Award nomination for his work on Crazy for You, which also featured the songs of George and Ira Gershwin. In the article, he mentions the Broadway possibilities for the show.

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