an american in paris | July 10-19

Music by George Gershwin

Lyrics by Ira Gershwin

Book by Craig Lucas


Directed by Joel Schlader

Music Direction by Mark Dietrich

Choreography by Jody Jaron


Set in the French capital in the wake of World War II, An American in Paris tells the romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl, and an indomitable European city – each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of international conflict. Inspired by the Academy-Award winning 1951 film, the new stage musical features a ravishing score by George and Ira Gershwin and a fresh, sophisticated book by Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Craig Lucas.


The show’s timeless musical numbers include “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “The Man I Love,” “Shall We Dance?” and “(I’ll Build A) Stairway To Paradise.”


Gershwin’s soaring melodies matched by gravity-defying dance is the first show in Woodminster's 2020 Season. An American in Paris brings both complexity and joy to the journey of Lise, Jerry, and their friends, as they fall in love, follow their dreams, and celebrate the most wonderful joys of being alive.


Showing July 10-12, 16-19 at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. All performances at 8pm.


Runtime: 2 hours 30 minutes

Intermission: 15 minutes


We will be providing open captioning at the July 11 & 12 performances. Hearing devices and printed scripts will be available at both the upper and lower entrances for all performance dates. Click here for more info.


An American in Paris is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK

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