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Archive for An American In Paris

The Reviews for An American In Paris are In…

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An American in Paris opened, and the critics agree that this new stage adaptation of the 1951 film is as beautiful and dream-like as the city of Paris itself.  Kudos go to director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, book adapter Craig Lucas, and set and costume designer Bob Crowley – by all accounts, the musical’s story is told poetically and the world of post-WWII Paris looks and feels romantic.  Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope perform the leading roles and put their accomplished dance talents on full display (as well as their more-than-capable abilities with song and text).  It’s hard to go wrong when the story, design, and performances all play to great effect – and that’s the case here. Head to the Palace Theatre for an astonishing evening in Paris.

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW

The city of light is ablaze with movement in the rhapsodic new stage adaptation of “An American in Paris” that opened at the Palace Theater on Sunday, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, a gifted luminary of the ballet world. This gorgeously danced — and just plain gorgeous — production pays lovin 

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TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW

The arrival of two big musicals derived from classic 1950s movies located in the City of Light (see “Gigi”) indicates either a resurgent interest in the early film oeuvre of Leslie Caron or a lack of producer imagination. Or maybe it’s just random, unintentionally reflected in the patchwork—if also lavish and

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VARIETY REVIEW

A dancer is a thing of beauty, and there is beaucoup beauty in director-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s ravishing production of “An American in Paris,” smartly but not slavishly adapted by Craig Lucas from the 1951 MGM movie. This stageworthy vehicle casts ballet stars Robert Fairchild (NYC Ballet principal

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW

Some Broadway seasons can slip by leaving the sad impression that the expressive power of dance in the musical-theater lexicon has been forgotten. But this one has already yielded the joyous resurrection of Jerome Robbins’ buoyant moves in “On the Town.” Now comes ballet luminary Christopher Wheeldon, taking an 

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AM NEW YORK REVIEW

Call it déjà vu, a coincidence or odd planning, but there are now two musicals on Broadway based on Oscar-winning 1950s Technicolor MGM movie musicals that starred Leslie Caron, were directed by Vincente Minnelli and are romances set in Paris. Last week “Gigi” opened, and now there’s “An American in Paris.” But 

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Product Review: Best of Warner Bros. 20 Film Collection Musicals

My new year’s resolution this year was to attempt to see all of the movie musicals in the canon – a difficult goal, to be sure, but what good are resolutions if they are easy to achieve!?

Luckily, Warner Brothers just released a 20 film collection that’s helped me check a bunch of the big ones off the list, including a number of classics I’d only ever seen clips of before.

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The set contains:

  • The Jazz Singer (1927)
  • Broadway Melody of 1929 (1929(
  • 42nd Street (1933)
  • The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
  • Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
  • An American In Paris (1951)
  • Show Boat (1951)
  • Singin In The Rain (1952)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
  • A Star Is Born (1954)
  • The Music Man (1962)
  • Viva Las Vegas (1964)
  • Camelot (1967)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Cabaret (1972)
  • That’s Entertainment (1974)
  • Victor, Victoria (1982)
  • Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
  • Hairspray (1988)

Though I consider a couple of the additions to this set questionable, like Hairspray, which is hardly a musical in its original film version and That’s Entertainment, which is not a musical, but rather a compilation of musical theatre clips and interviews, there are tons of great films in the package – The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, Singin’ In the Rain, The Music Man and Cabaret – shows ANY fan would affirm are staples in the musical film canon. Probably my biggest disappointment was seeing Viva Las Vegas, as I hadn’t thought to include the 30 films Elvis starred in as musicals, though they most surely are…

As for the box set, the packaging is great. Unlike many of the sets I own, each of the movies is well protected in its own slot, divided into three separate casings.

The disks themselves seem to be exactly those you would receive if you purchased each film separately. If you’re a bonus feature kind of person, you’ll probably be disappointed, but if you’re just looking to see the films and add them to your collection – this set it a real treat.

The booklet contained in the package isn’t much to write about – quick paragraph descriptions that you’ll glance at once and then never pull out again, but it does have lovely stills from each film and does note which awards, if any, the film won. (I forget how popular musicals were back in the day – maybe Les Miserables will take home all sorts of Academy Awards on Sunday and bring us back to those glorious days!)

You can purchase the box set on Amazon here for $70.83 at the time of this writing, which works out to each film costing $3.50 a piece – not too shabby!

The bottom line review: Nothing too fancy and nothing you won’t find anywhere else, but nonetheless a great collection of films worth owning, packaged well and at a reasonable price.

The Broadway Musical Home received a complementary copy of this box set, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

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