The new musical adaptation of "An American in Paris" is quite simply the most visually stunning show presented in years. The excellent cast in this touring production is led by McGee Maddox, playing Jerry Mulligan, the titular painter, and Allison Walsh as Lise. Each has a long list of credits with major ballet companies and the chemistry they exude explodes from the stage when they dance together. Maddox captures that virile quality of dancing that always set Gene Kelly apart. And Walsh is a sublime beauty who moves with supple grace.
Allison Walsh had never sang or even spoke on stage before she auditioned for “An American in Paris.” But what she had been doing in her career prior to that audition made her a perfect choice to portray the female lead in this adaptation of the 1951 Academy Award-winning movie that starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.
As exquisite and effervescent as a flute of fine French champagne, the national touring production of “An American in Paris” will effortlessly pirouette away with the hearts of dance devotees or old-school musical fans.
“An American in Paris” is a visual and auditory feast. McGee Maddox, as Jerry, and Allison Walsh, as Lise, are especially strong given that they create likable characters despite the limitations of the script. Also of note are Ben Michael’s delightfully good-natured Henri, Matthew Scott’s sweetly sad-sack Adam and, particularly, Kirsten Scott’s commanding show of strength, nuance and charm as Milo.
Neither Walsh nor Robinson is a born singer, but both handle that part of the assignment quite respectably, while also showing off very persuasive acting skills. What really counts, of course, is their dancing, and these seasoned ballet artists deliver handsomely. . . This version of “An American in Paris,” with its sophistication and style, makes for a disarming experience in the theater. It’s a musical that treats you like an adult. These days, that means a lot.
And what a trail of stardust the whole musical leaves, both for the characters and the audience! There are the sets and lighting . . . which dazzle in their nimble evocation of the wonders of Paris, with a side-step into a fantasy nightclub that seems to be Radio City Music Hall, complete with spangled leggy chorines and dudes in top hats and tails. There is the dancing of the athletic Maddox and the graceful Walsh. (How many performers out there can claim true balletic chops, skill at acting and singing - and the aforementioned hotness?)
Think of the latest “new” Gershwin touring show up at the Hippodrome Theatre — An American in Paris — as a G.I. “jukebox musical” with legs. About a hundred of them, it seems. And, boy oh boy, have they got rhythm! This is a slightly revamped touring version of what we saw in New York in 2015. And fans of the Oscar-winning 1951 MGM musical will note some deviations in plot and song settings. But lovers of musical romance and dance who catch the show in Baltimore aren’t likely to feel cheated in the least.
The musical "An American in Paris" is now open at the Hippodrome Theater. Allison Walsh, one of the actresses in the musical, joins with all the details on the performance and why you should check it out.
. . . For all of the plot’s complications, “An American in Paris” on the stage remains, as it was on the screen — a vehicle for fusing lots of dance to Gershwin’s music. In addition to the title number, the score includes some other orchestral works by the composer, along with several songs.
The two leads, McGee Maddox as Jerry and Allison Walsh as Lise Dassin, are accomplished ballet dancers and their performances are extraordinary. Maddox was a Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada while Walsh was a soloist with The Joffrey Ballet, and their dance moves are exquisite. They both have remarkable stage presence and are able to equally handle the singing and acting required of them with ease.
Pushing past her comfort zone — which had always been on the tips of her toes — to audition for “An American in Paris” helped ballerina Allison Walsh find a new professional direction.
With balletic movements, Gershwin melodies and complex characters, “An American in Paris” celebrates and updates the romantic dance musical.
Taking an unexpected leap, dancer Allison Walsh gracefully transitioned from ballet to Broadway when she joined the cast of “An American in Paris,” the 2015 Tony Award-winning musical adapted from the classic Gershwin-inspired film.
An American in Paris the four-time Tony-winning 2015 Broadway musical, onstage at TPAC’s Jackson Hall October 31-November 5, quite simply stated might just be the most gorgeous classical choreography-filled musical of all time.
“An American in Paris” arrived at TPAC’s Jackson Hall Tuesday night — and it’s just as “’S Wonderful” as you might have imagined. Inspired by the classic Gene Kelly film and set to the timeless music of George and Ira Gershwin, this Tony Award-winning musical follows a U.S. Army veteran and a mysterious French woman in the aftermath of World War II. A tough act to follow? You bet. But this marvelous touring production manages to honor all of the wonder and passion of the 1951 film, while truly succeeding on its own terms.
Soaked in color and light and jazz, the award-winning stage adaptation of "An American in Paris" made its Memphis debut Tuesday at The Orpheum Theatre.
"...Captivating audiences as Lise Dassin is Allison Walsh. Walsh reprises her role as Dassin. On Broadway, she was part of the ensemble and was the alternate for Dassin. This is her first time with the lead role on a national tour. One couldn’t tell. There’s a freedom to Walsh’s dancing. While ballet has many intricacies, Walsh’s skills were on point."
They've got rhythm! Broadway faves Allison Walsh (Anastasia) and Matthew Scott (An American in Paris, Sondheim on Sondheim) are joining the national tour of An American in Paris as Lise Dassin and Adam Hochberg. They join McGee Maddox, as Jerry Mulligan, in the touring production. Walsh and Scott will join the show on October 17 when the tour stops at Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque.
The new musical, ANASTASIA, dances into Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street) tonight, April 24, 2017, produced by Stage Entertainment, Bill Taylor (Sister Act, Rocky), Tom Kirdahy (It's Only A Play, The Visit) and Hunter Arnold (Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening).
When Allison Walsh stepped onstage in Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Differences in Sections last July, the BalletX dancer resembled a young, glamorous Leslie Caron.
Whenever The Joffrey Ballet needs a bravura allegro dancer, Allison Walsh, a powerful natural jumper, is at the ready. But at 25, this small, muscular, dark-eyed dancer—who joined The Joffrey as an apprentice in 2004 and was invited into the company the following year—has started to develop a new profile.