AN AMERICAN IN PARISPublished: Thursday, October 24, 2019 By: Marlene S. Gaylinn Source: On CT & NY Theatre
Those who have seen the 1951 film of “An American in Paris,” might agree that no one else could possibly match the combination of its movie stars, Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.
Never the less, in 2015 we have had a Broadway stage version with Robert Fairchild of the British Royal Ballet and Leanne Cope of the NYC Ballet, which won four Tony Awards. Now, we have yet another new musical based on the same love story at Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT).
With everlasting popular songs: “I Got Rhythm,” “The Man I Love,” “S’Wonderful,” “Who Cares” and “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” it’s hard to resist dancing in the aisles to George Gershwin’s music with romantic lyrics by his brother, Ira.
Although it's hidden backstage, WBT has a rich-sounding, full orchestra under the sensitive direction of Ryan Edward Wise, which makes this live, theatre experience even more enjoyable.
The thoughtful lighting, designed by Andrew Moser, places Gershwin’s “Concerto in F” on a dimly lit stage and sets the mood for Paris, at the end of the Second World War. As the dance ensemble’s pace quickens, the stage effectively begins to glow with hope for the future.
Brandon Haagenson and Deanna Doyle make a handsome couple and the huge cast, directed by Richard Stafford, who is also the choreographer of the non-stop dancing in this production, make WBT’s “An American in Paris,” excellent, family entertainment.
Best of all, this dinner theatre’s full-scale production is right in our own area, the varied menu suits most tastes, and convenient parking is free.