An American in Paris at Dominion Theatre tickets
An American in Paris at Dominion Theatre tickets

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Overview

After captivating audiences on Broadway, achieving four Tony Awards and becoming the most acclaimed musical of the year, An American in Paris has now crossed the Atlantic for a run at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End.

With its roots in the timeless ‘extended symphonic tone poem’ by the Gershwins, this musical classic has been thrust into the 21st century with breath-taking choreography and direction by Christopher Wheeldon, as well as state of the art design by the acclaimed team of Bob Crowley (costume and set design), Natasha Katz (lighting) and Jon Weston (sound), with projections provided by 59 Productions.

An American in Paris follows the fate of former American soldier Jerry Mulligan as he attempts to develop his passion for painting in the world’s most romantic city, along with a little help from his fellow artist friends, struggling composer and pianist Adam Hochberg and singer Henri Baurel.

When Jerry stumbles across the mysterious Lise Bouvier he is instantly enraptured. Add into the mix a lonely heiress and some fierce competition, and you are left with the timeless gripping tale of pain and anguish while trying to grasp hold of true love.

Heavily influenced by the 1951 Academy Award winning motion picture, this new production of An American in Paris is as ground-breaking today as Gene Kelly’s magnificent performance was then.

The Tony-nominated Leanne Cope reprises her role from Broadway as Lise, opposite Ashley Day as Jerry Mulligan, while Haydn Oakley (The Book of Mormon, Sunset Boulevard) takes the role of Henri Baurel, Zoë Rainey (Wicked, The Winter's Tale) as Milo Davenport, Jane Asher (Blithe Spirit, Alfie) as Madame Baurel and David Seadon-Young (Ghost) as Adam Hochberg.

This has become one of the hottest West End tickets of the year, with the show having opened at the Dominion Theatre on 4th March 2017 to rave reviews, so don't miss out.

Recommended for

With some of the finest choreography you are likely to see on the West End this year, anyone looking to be dazzled by some fancy footwork while enjoying a bit of a tearjerker should make sure to check this out. Tickets are flying out so be sure not to miss out on this truly beautiful show.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for ages 6+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 04 Mar 2017
Press night: 21 Mar 2017
Booking from: 25 Feb 2018
Booking until: 06 Jan 2018

Location and map

Dominion Theatre
268-269 Tottenham Court Road
London, W1T 7AQ

391 Reviews Add review

An American in Paris feels more like a Sadler’s Wells show than a West End musical, with its focus on ballet it is much slower tha... More

braintree 155cm, 37 reviews, 5 helpful votes

An American in Paris feels more like a Sadler’s Wells show than a West End musical, with its focus on ballet it is much slower than West End audiences will expect (especially compared to Disney’s Aladdin around the corner) but it is a beautiful show, which puts the focus on movement rather than flamboyance. Jerry (Robert Fairchild) is an American GI who has decided to stay in Paris rather than return home. He meets up with fellow war hero Adam (David Seadon-Young), now playing piano and writing songs for French textile heir Henri (Haydn Oakley), who is yet to tell his family that his true intention is to become a singer and not to run to the family’s company. They also all love the same woman, talented Monte Carlo ballerina Lise (Leeanne Cope). What follows is not so much who will get the girl but who does the girl want. Fairchild and Cope, who transferred with this production from Broadway are fantastic dancers and can be fairly compared to their film counterparts Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly but the scenes feel much stronger when they are dancing together, rather than when they are acting together. There was some great support from Jane Asher as Henri’s mother, who puts a lot of pressure on her son to not be a bachelor and Zoe Rainey as Milo Davenport, an American who becomes Jerry’s patron for this art. The lack of set is quite distracting; it is a production that relies on video projection and moving scenery and it feels so disappointing to see so much empty space. I was surprised to see that Bob Crowley was involved as his set for Disney’s Aladdin, as well as previous work for the National Theatre because apart from one scene it simply doesn’t feel like the flamboyant shows that West End audiences have come to see. This does have its plus points; it could not only become the show for people who hate musicals but it may dance front and centre, at time where acting and songs have been the main draw. It also has lots of long dance sequences, which would make it perfect for tourists or audiences who may not have strong English skills. This musical is much slower than West End audiences may be used to but it is a faithful adaptation of the 1951 film and is a showcase for some beautiful choreography.

braintree 155cm, 37 reviews, 5 helpful votes

A combination of dance, song and play (with more emphasis on the book and dance routines than many musicals). The show is based lo... More

ianwarde 5"5, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A combination of dance, song and play (with more emphasis on the book and dance routines than many musicals). The show is based loosely on the 1951 Gene Kelly film and uses a score comprising of music and song by George and Ira Gershwin throughout. Set in post-war Paris, the show centres around themes of love, loss and self-expression, all set to a jazzy Gershwin score. The show is dance heavy, with a mixture of jazz and ballet styles used (reminiscent of Matthew Bourne's expressive choreography). If you are not a fan of dance, then this probably is not the show for you. The set design in the show uses large scale projections throughout, which when mixed with physical scenery and props can create a visually stunning canvas, which fits the feel of the show very well. The lead performances from Leanne Cope (Lise), Ashley Day (Jerry) and David Seadon-Young (Adam) were all faultless. You can tell that they are all very at ease with these roles, with Leanne Cope especially, appearing to fully inhabit all aspects of her performance. Whilst the show doesn't offer anything tremendously new thematically, it is nice to see something in the West End that has this level of elegance and charm, and which evokes such a strong feeling of classic 1950's MGM Musicals. This is a show for romantics, or those who want to be transported somewhere enchanting (if slightly twee) for a couple of hours. It's definitely one that you could take your mum and Nan to, and I mean that in the best possible way.

ianwarde 5"5, 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was a feast for the eyes! The projections were some of the best I have ever seen. In some shows they can seem to detract... More

amandareynolds 5"6, 25 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show was a feast for the eyes! The projections were some of the best I have ever seen. In some shows they can seem to detract from the action on stage but in this case they completely added to it and made the stage come alive. You could really imagine being in Paris and this was mainly due to the fantastic use of the projections and scenery. The use of small props, flats and scenery was added to by the dancers who not only brought the props onstage but also danced their way around stage. Not a second was wasted on the stage. Everything was choreographed to within an inch of its life. This show is not your average musical theatre production – it is a lot more dance based than most, with limited songs and no big ensemble numbers. However the dancing is exquisite and the talent on stage is outstanding! I am not personally a big ballet fan, especially not traditional ballet, and did find some of the dance pieces quite lengthy however the score was lovely and the storytelling was impressive. Overall this show is one not to be missed for anyone loving dance, especially ballet, and a clever little story line. For me, the most amazing thing was the set design and projections which were worth the ticket price alone to see.

amandareynolds 5"6, 25 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I was already very familiar with the music of George Gershwin, particularly 'An American in Paris', before seeing the show, so I k... More

AlexPhillips 171cm or 5'7", 42 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I was already very familiar with the music of George Gershwin, particularly 'An American in Paris', before seeing the show, so I knew I would love that aspect. The 14-piece orchestra was incredible and sounded much larger in scale than they actually were. I was absolutely stunned and blown away by the spectacle on stage: the more minimalist staging against the beautiful projections and vivid lighting really helped to spotlight the dancing. There are not as many songs in this show as with other musicals (although, in this case, it is pure quality over quantity), but you will honestly not care; the ballet is the true heart of this show. In particular, the story builds up to the 12-minute ballet sequence in Act II, accompanied by Gershwin's well-loved 1928 symphonic poem, and it is THE highlight of the night. Stunning choreography performed by some extraordinary talents. Never before have I seen trained ballet dancers who are also such wonderful actors and singers. If you come expecting a typical Broadway musical extravaganza and are indifferent towards the art of ballet, you may be somewhat disappointed. However, for me, An American in Paris undeniably deserves five stars.

AlexPhillips 171cm or 5'7", 42 reviews, 1 helpful vote

After receiving such good reviews in the press, and from Elaine Paige, I had very high hopes for An American in Paris; perhaps too... More

PDC1 6' 1", 13 reviews, 2 helpful votes

After receiving such good reviews in the press, and from Elaine Paige, I had very high hopes for An American in Paris; perhaps too high. Sadly, I was rather disappointed. Is it a musical, or is it a ballet with songs? Let's start with the positives. What's not to like about the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, accompanied by a full orchestra. (This was the first time I can ever remember the entr'acte being applauded.) And the dancing was exquisite, though there were too few dancers for a stage as large as the Dominion's. The stand out production number is, without doubt, I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise, but there is probably a two hour wait for it to arrive! As for the negatives, firstly, there is no real plot. I'm not even sure there is a happy ending. If three guys are in love with the same girl, it stands to reason that two of them are going to be broken hearted. The constant wheeling on, and off again, of scenery very quickly becomes irritating. I also missed a lavish, West End set; sorry designers, but computerised projections, no matter how clever, do not count as a set. Finally, and nothing personal, but Jane Asher must currently have the easiest job in theatre, made even easier by learning her French accent from re-runs of 'Allo 'Allo!

PDC1 6' 1", 13 reviews, 2 helpful votes

An American in Paris is a good old-fashioned musical with many good tunes and a lot of contemporary ballet-style dance sequences. ... More

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

An American in Paris is a good old-fashioned musical with many good tunes and a lot of contemporary ballet-style dance sequences. The cast are tremendous and sing and dance with equal ease and there wasn't a weak link. I liked the fact that there weren't any popular celebrity names in the cast so there wasn't that distraction. My only quibble was with the set which was populated with about 4 - 6 flats that were constantly on the move, sometimes to no great effect, and which I found a bit distracting. Those who loved the classic movie will approve of this.

moley 5' 6'', 98 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I was very disappointed in American In Paris. It had so many 5 star reviews, but it wasn't nearly as good as the film with Gene Ke... More

Louise17 5ft 6in, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I was very disappointed in American In Paris. It had so many 5 star reviews, but it wasn't nearly as good as the film with Gene Kelly, or the stage version of 42nd St which I saw in April (42nd st was one of the best shows I've ever seen). The choreography, dancing, acting, script, costumes of American in Paris were very average. The only good thing in it were the set designs, and the number Stairway to Paradise, but even that wasn't as good as in the film. The stage version was also different from the film in that it had some unknown, obscure Gershwin songs in it which weren't his best. This is not a patch on the film. It was bland. See the film with Gene Kelly and you will realise how bad this stage version is in comparison. If you want to see a really great stage musical see 42nd St - that is full of life and excitement, which the stage version of American in Paris isn't.

Louise17 5ft 6in, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

‘An American in Paris’ was an absolute dream to watch on stage. Though different from the movie, this is much more a dance ensemb... More

joc78 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

‘An American in Paris’ was an absolute dream to watch on stage. Though different from the movie, this is much more a dance ensemble piece and the standard of choreography is world class. The principal lead dancers are so talented and the whole piece is a beautiful work of ballet. If you are hoping to see a full on broadway show you might be slightly disappointed as it is thin on storyline and big song numbers and is more about the dancing and choreography. The staging too is simply amazing. The different backdrops used throughout the production are stunning and really add to the show – I don’t think I’ve ever seen such backdrops used in a West End show before. Now I’ve seen the show I can see why it has received over 20 five-star reviews from UK critics – an absolute joy to watch!

joc78 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

The show was fantastic, such a beautiful and moving piece of theatre. The cast were superb and have 100% throughout. I have need s... More

jonnydavid 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was fantastic, such a beautiful and moving piece of theatre. The cast were superb and have 100% throughout. I have need seen a musical with this much dancing in and I was sceptical at first but as soon as the show started I was blown over. It’s such a lovely show with amazing songs and moving dance routines. The set was very clearly done with lots of projection at certain points it was like being in Paris. The directors had really taken a lot of time and effort into making this show and it is such a shame that it is closing so soon. Get to the dominion and see this show before it closes.

jonnydavid 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes