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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

‘An American in Paris’ coming to Broadway

Movies, stage musicals, and ballet — three things I love — merge in this news items. Producers announced this week that the new stage version of “An American in Paris,” based on the 1951 Gene Kelly film, will come to Broadway next spring. The show is opening, appropriately, in Paris late this year. Christopher Wheeldon, one of the most influential and in-demand choreographers in the ballet world, is directing and choreographing, with Robert Fairchild of the New York City Ballet playing the leading role (i.e. the Gene Kelly role). (Wheeldon’s work has been seen in Seattle at Pacific Northwest Ballet, most recently in the world premiere of “Tide Harmonic” last year.) The film, with its Gershwin score, won six Academy Awards (including best picture), plus a special honorary award to Kelly, citing “his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film.” Here’s two minutes of that brilliance (with Leslie Caron). Have a lovely weekend.

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