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 see 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 of 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!
New York, NY 10036