George Gershwin's "An American in Paris" is perhaps one of the most iconic and recognizable pieces in American music. However, as it's been noted, Gershwin's classic may be the victim of faulty orchestration--meaning ensembles may have been playing the notes out of key for nearly 70 years.
Although popularized Grammy winners typically come in the form of major music artists like Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé or Adele, every so often a Broadway musical releases a cast album with so much recognition that it pushes the entire production to center stage.
Broadway has a lot to be thankful for this time of year, and an excellent start to the holiday season is arguably the biggest thing. Last week, a handful of shows set new box office records for their theaters, and others are rising up the ranks.
Two of the most important theaters in Paris — the Théâtre de la Ville and the Théâtre du Châtelet — will be closing for extensive renovations, darkening both houses for 1 1/2 to two years. The theaters will start the renovations at the end of the 2016 season. The announcement was made by Bruno Julliard, the mayoral deputy responsible for culture, but did not specify what was going to happen to employees of both theaters. Currently, the Châtelet employs 130 people while the Théâtre de la Ville employs 110, according to Le Figaro. Julliard announced that despite the closures, it “did not mean that programming would come to a complete stop.” The budget for the renovations falls within a 100-million-euro budget for refurbishment allocated to the two theaters and a number of museums. The two establishments offer different kinds of performances for lovers of the arts. The Châtelet is currently hosting "An American in Paris," which has opened to rave reviews and is currently playing to sold-out houses. The Châtelet focuses on program musicals and concerts while the Théâtre de la Ville is an important destination for international theater, contemporary dance and world music. Both receive large subsidies from the city of Paris: 17 million euros — about $20.5 million — a year at the Théâtre du Châtelet, which has an annual audience of around 320,000; and 10 million euros at the Théâtre de la Ville, which has about 260,000 spectators each year.
“An American in Paris,” the first ever stage production of the 1951 Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly, has Parisians saying “Oh-la-la.”
The 25-member cast will open the show in Paris this fall prior to a Broadway premiere in spring 2015.