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WOW! An American in Paris on Broadway

Theater Review

A rainy Thursday September night in Manhattan. A bit soaked and a bit subdued we stood outside the entrance to the Palace Theater where “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS” continued its highly successful and acclaimed run since April.

Settled in our seats, the theater filling, audience expectant – the maestro struck up the band and all those familiar (and a couple of unfamiliar) and lovely, lilting, joyous, uplifting George Gershwin songs filled the vast space of the Palace. We knew then that we were in for an “S Wonderful, S Marvelous” evening.

Right from the start, with the tearing down of the Nazi flag and the evocation of Paris just after World War II – we were transported back in time and place through the spectacular lighting, the highly inventive staging, the imaginative and appealing choreography and the winning and large cast from the show’s opening moments to the heart stopping final and curtain calls..

Song after song like “I Got Rhythm,”  “The Man I Love,” “Liza,” “S Wonderful” and that is to name just a few from the first act spilled out in song and dance. The WOW! factor was on stage full force in balletic movement, mind-boggling lighting, choreography – a stage constantly exploding with talent plus.

If you have just one Broadway show on your bucket list - - make it “An American in Paris.”

When we attended, we felt like getting up and dancing and singing along. You are bound to feel the same way.

The show is a magical Broadway experience.

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

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Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan and It Happened in Miami , they preach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

As travel writers and food critics, they have published hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. Their interest in the intermingling of past and present in Jewish communities around the world has led to a body of work whose locales range from New Delhi to Istanbul to Sicily.

Accomplished and charismatic public speakers, the Frommers have appeared before live audiences and on the media throughout the United States lecturing on their books and travel experiences.

Harvey Frommer is an acclaimed sports journalist and historian, the author of 43 books on sports including the autobiographies of legends like Nolan Ryan, Tony Dorsett, and Red Holzman. He also authored the highly notable sports oral histories Remembering Yankee Stadium, Remembering Fenway Park and When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl.

Myrna Katz Frommer is a poet and contributor to such publications as The Forward, Ha'aretz, The New York Times, and The Encyclopedia of Jewish Women.

You can contact the Frommers at: myrna.frommer@dartmouth.edu, harvey.frommer@dartmouth.edu

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