London musical on SA screens

A scene from the London stage production of An American in Paris. The filmed stage show will be screened in cinemas in South Africa on May 16 only.

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BY BILLY SUTER       

IT IS short notice from Ster-Kinekor, but fans of stage musicals should try their utmost to rearrange their schedules to catch a one-off screening of the film of the recent London stage production of An American in Paris.

The 160-minute film will be shown at Cinema Nouveau cinemas countrywide at 8pm on Wednesday, May 16, only. The cinemas are in Rosebank (Johannesburg), Brooklyn (Pretoria), the V&A Waterfront (Cape Town) and at the Gateway commercial complex in Umhlanga.

This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical – inspired by the 1952 Oscar-award-winning film of the same name, which starred Gene Kelly and Lesley Caron – has received 28 five-star reviews from critics thus far.

Another highlight from the London stage production of An American in Paris.

The musical, shot while on stage in London, follows an American GI, Jerry Mulligan (Robert Fairchild), who wants to be an acclaimed artist. While in Paris, he meets a beautiful, young dancer named Lise Dassin (Leanne Cope).

As he takes in the French ambiance, a sensuous story of modern romance, art, friendship and love unravels, and as this unfolds, you will experience the highs and lows of their relationship.

Directors Christopher Wheeldon and Ross MacGibbon have created a piece of art that will live on in the hearts of musical-lovers.

To view the film’s trailer, click here: https://youtu.be/OZ2SlwWqsBE


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