I received tickets for myself and a guest to attend the musical production of An American in Paris at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. All opinions are my own.
I rarely go to a musical that I’m not familiar with. I did it once, years ago, and it was awful. (My father in law actually fell asleep because it was so boring!) After that experience I have pretty much stuck to what I know I like, or at least what gets rave reviews.
That said, I didn’t know a thing about ‘An American in Paris.’ Okay, I knew there was a movie of the same name starring Gene Kelly, which led me to believe there would be some epic dancing…which is essentially what convinced me to go in the first place.
Otherwise, I didn’t have a clue. Even so, I only felt excitement as I
barely made it hopped on the ferry to Seattle. It’s Mother’s Day week and my mom and I were going to see a show at the gorgeous Paramount theater downtown.
‘An American in Paris’ takes place in 1945 Paris right after World War II. It’s a love story about an American soldier that decides to stay in Paris after the war. He makes fast friends and gets a jump start on his career as a budding artist.
As for the story, those are the only details you will get out of me. I wouldn’t want to spoil it!
I know I tend to gush about the incredible talent at the Paramount, but can you blame me? When I am moved to (happy) tears when the talents of so many come together all at once, I have to share my appreciation. And the cast of ‘An American in Paris’ truly blew me away. Not only were they believable in their characters, but they were incredible singers and dancers as well.
When I say the word “dance,” I’m referring to a wide array of dancing. They were all proficient in swing, modern, ballroom, tap, and ballet. The choreographer (who also happens to be the director), Christopher Wheeldon, deserves a shout out and a standing ‘O.’
If the multi-talented performers aren’t enough to convince you to go, then the sets are worth the trip too. They were nothing short of phenomenal. I have been going to musical performances since I was ten and I have never seen such creative use of a stage. Have you ever watched something and catch your mouth hanging open because you were in such awe of what you were seeing? There was a scene during the show where the transformation of the stage did just that for me. Luckily I wasn’t the only nerd with her mouth hanging open, the entire audience was captivated.
Would I see ‘An American in Paris’ again if given the chance? In a second!
And there’s good news! If you’re in the Seattle area, the show is running through May 14th.
If you aren’t in the Seattle area, feel free to visit AnAmericanInParisBroadway.com to find out if they will be in your city soon!
All photos in the post are courtesy of Matthew Murphy.