New York City

An American in Paris

July 28, 2015

Two weekends ago while I was in New York City visiting my grandparents, my grandmother and I made a spontaneous decision to go see a Broadway show. This is a tradition for the two of us whenever I go to visit but she recently had foot surgery and so our plans were a bit in the air until Friday night. And so while we rode the LIRR to their apartment, I booked tickets for the two of us to go seeย An American in Paris, which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. On a side note, isn’t it funny just how disconnected grandparents are from technology?? My grandmother was actually shocked that I could buy the tickets on my cell phone.

The musical follows the romance between an American ex-pat, Jerry, and the beautiful French woman with whom he falls in love with, Lise, and the city of Paris that they both call home. Being a bit of a francophile myself, I loved the way in which the set was designed to mirror the City of Lights. So stunning!

But the best part ofย An American in Paris, for me at least, was the incorporation of ballet into the choreography and the storyline. I’ve been going to musicals since I was maybe five years old and this was truly the first time that I’ve ever been stunned speechless by the movement of the actors. There honestly wasn’t any need for lyrics or script during the big dance scenes because the actors were so amazing with communicating their emotions through their bodies and movements. The woman who played Lise was truly an inspiration and kind of made me wish that I had stuck with ballet all those years ago!

If you’re ever in New York City and looking for a fun afternoon activity, I’d definitely recommend stopping into the Palace Theatre. It’s centrally located in Times Square so it’s easy to find, and you might even see President Obama like we did!

An American in Paris

Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway

New York, NY 10036

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  • I’ve been to NYC so many times, never seen a musical! I think I’ve got some homework to do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Courtney

      I absolutely love going to see musicals! It’s a bit of a pain because of all of the tourists in the area but I’ve always been a bit obsessed with musical theatre so I put up with it!

  • Annie

    I love Broadway musicals! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Courtney

      Aren’t they just the best??

  • I need a trip to NYC asap! This looks like it would be amazing!

    • Courtney

      I’m a little obsessed with NYC! I have a lot of family and some friends living in the city so I find excuses to go visit all of the time!

  • The last Broadway play I saw was Of Mice and Men last year and it was amazing. Other than that I saw Lion King haha. I’m always up for new musicals.

    • Courtney

      Did you see Of Mice and Men while James Franco was in it? If so, I’m super jealous! And I love going to new shows too!

  • bri

    I LOVE coming to your blog! You have amazing style! Keep up the great work xoxo


    • Courtney

      Thank you so much!

  • I love musicals. The last one I saw was wicked, and it was amazing.

    • Courtney

      I saw Wicked for the first time almost 10 years ago and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since!

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