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'An American in Paris' musical eyes Broadway

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AMERICAN IN PARIS
Everett Collection

A stage musical based on the film An American in Paris with music by George and Ira Gershwin is aiming for Broadway in 2015 after a stop in — where else? — Paris next December.

Producers said Thursday the new work will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and have a story by Craig Lucas. Bob Crowley has been tapped to make the sets and costumes. The story centers on a romantic tangle in post-war Paris.

The score includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “S’Wonderful,” “But Not for Me,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” and “They Can’t Take That Away.” It will follow on the heels of other recent Gershwin stage hits, Nice Work If You Can Get It and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.

The 1951 film An American in Paris starred Gene Kelly and was inspired by a 1928 orchestral composition by the Gershwins.

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