An American In Paris Las Vegas Tickets
An American in Paris
An American in Paris is a stage musical based on the 1951 movie starring Gene Kelly. The music and lyrics are by George and Ira Gershwin; the book is by Craig Lucas. In the aftermath of World War II, the world struggles to rebuild after the devastating conflict. An American, just out of the service, decides to stay in Paris to become an artist. He meets a ballerina who is involved with his friend.
The film was inspired by George Gershwin’s symphonic “jazz-infused” poem called, “An American in Paris,” also inspired by his impressions of the city when he was there. He wrote the piece in 1928. Some time later, film producer Arthur Freed heard it and liked the music and the title. He enlisted screenwriter Alan Jay Lerner, director Vincente Minelli and Kelly, who also choreographed the dancing in the film, to create a movie out of it. Incorporating several of the Gershwin songs, the resulting movie became one of the most beloved movie musicals Hollywood ever made. The movie also made use of Gershwin’s title composition, used during an extensive and elaborate 17-minute ballet dance at the film’s climax.
Incorporating a largely different set of Gershwin tunes, the musical follows the same story. It premiered in Paris in December 2013. The show debuted on Broadway in April 2015 with direction and choreography by Christopher Wheeldon. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards, it won four, including Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.
George Gershwin (1898-1937) was a composer. Ira Gershwin (1896-1983) was a lyricist. Together they wrote songs and scores for film and stage. They wrote many songs that defined the very separate eras of the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression; many of these songs are still popular today. Such songs as, “Nice Work if You Can Get it,” “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm,” “But Not For Me,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” have been used by just about every singer from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.
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The Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts seats more than 2,000 and is designed for large-scale Broadway-style productions and concerts of all types. It is the largest of the Smith’s several venues. The Smith Center opened in 2012 with the aim of bringing the finest of world-class entertainment to Las Vegas.
Located near downtown, the Smith Center is close to any number of lodging and dining choices. Minutes from I-15, there is plenty of on-site parking available.