Thu 5/30 @ 7:30PM
Fri 5/31 & Sat 6/1 @ 8PM
The 1951 music film An American in Paris, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, exuded the era’s heady post-war optimism and exuberance. In telling the story of a WWII veteran who settles in Paris to pursue his painting and falls in love with a young woman who is set to marry someone else, the film is packed with now-standard tunes by the Gershwins, including “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Embraceable You,” “’S Wonderful,” “Love Is Here to Stay” and “I Got Rhythm.” It’s also known for the 17-minute dance sequence that climaxes the film, featuring Kelly and Caron, both trained dancers.
The film will be shown on a big screen at Severance Hall as the Cleveland Orchestra, conducted by Brett Mitchell, performs the beloved music. As a special treat, the pre-concert talk will feature Bill Rudman, founder and artistic director of the Cleveland-based Musical Theater Project.
Tickets start at $35.