The Kennedy Center


An American in Paris

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Holidays Theater

Inspired by the Academy Award–winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, An American in Paris has captivated both audiences and critics, winning four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Choreography. Its stunning combination of classic music, timeless story, breathtaking dance, and state-of-the-art design results in a spectacular production the New York Times declares "outshines anything else currently on Broadway."

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“Outshines anything currently on Broadway in its blend of elegance, wit, and sophistication”—The New York Times

An American in Paris

Music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Craig Lucas
Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon
with members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra  

D.C. premiere

An American in Paris is the new Tony Award®–winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!

The New York Times raves, “An American in Paris is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in D.C. on its first national tour!

Recommended for age 8 and up.

Performance Timing: Act One - 67 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 66 min.

Going to the 7:30 p.m. show on New Year's Eve? Your ticket also includes the Kennedy Center Grand Foyer Party, with festive dancing to great bands, a countdown to midnight, a big balloon drop, and more. 

Watch and Listen

An American In Paris