Inspired by the 1951 film of the same name, the Broadway musical, An American in Paris, is streaming online for only 48 hours.
The story follows American GI Jerry Mulligan who strives to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. After a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise, the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love in the aftermath of war.
The show stars Robert Fairchild as Jerry and Leanne Cope as Lise. It opened in Paris in 2014 and on Broadway in 2015, where it garnered 11 Tony Award nominations and won 4, including Best Choreography. The streaming production features the show that ran in the West End from 2017 to 2018, which received 3 Olivier Award nominations and won for Best Set Design. Joining Fairchild and Cope in the principal cast are original London cast members Zoe Rainey as Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg, Haydn Oakley as Henri Baurel, and Jane Asher as Madame Baurel.
With music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin respectively and a book by Craig Lucas, An American in Paris is directed by Christopher Wheeldon, who also serves as choreographer. They are joined by Bob Crowley (scenic and costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), Brad Haak (musical direction), Christopher Austin (orchestrations), and Jon Weston (sound design).
Audiences can watch the full production on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel. The channel has been streaming musicals and concerts for free as early as April this year, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Cats, The War of the Worlds, and The Wind in the Willows, among many others. Most recently, it has been featuring concerts entitled West End Unplugged every Saturday and Shakespeare productions every Tuesday to raise money for the theater industry in the UK.
While theaters have remained closed due to the pandemic, audiences are encouraged to donate to different arts causes.
You can watch the full show below.