The brains behind An American in Paris say they’re glad La La Land has revived curiosity within the Hollywood musical, even when their posters look type of comparable.
Each characteristic a woman in a yellow costume in opposition to a starry backdrop, which has led some folks to confuse the 2.
So far as director Christopher Wheeldon is anxious, nevertheless, An American in Paris has dibs on the picture.
“We bought there first,” he instructed the BBC on the West Finish present’s opening evening on Tuesday.
Impressed by the Oscar-winning Gene Kelly movie from 1951, An American in Paris tells of US GI Jerry Mulligan, who falls in love within the French capital after World Conflict Two.
The present, which received 4 Tonys after opening on Broadway in 2015, options traditional songs by George and Ira Gershwin, amongst them I Bought Rhythm, ‘S Great and I am going to Construct a Stairway to Paradise.
Wheeldon, who additionally choreographs the present, mentioned the success of La La Land was clearly having an influence on audiences at London’s newly refurbished Dominion Theatre.
“I feel we’re seeing a youthful viewers at our present due to the film,” he mentioned. “Maybe we’re all searching for a little bit of innocence in a darkish and troubled time.”
“In tough instances, musicals cheer you up,” agrees Jane Asher, whose function as a Parisian matriarch sees her sporting a French accent on stage.
“I went to see Magnificence and the Beast the opposite day and was completely transported,” says Britain’s Leanne Cope, who performs the younger French dancer who steals Jerry’s coronary heart.
“I feel this present can do the identical factor. It transports you to a different time when issues had been extra harmless.”
Critics have been heaping reward, and stars, on the opulent manufacturing, which is presently taking bookings as much as the tip of October.
Daisy Lowe, Louise Redknapp and “Choose” Robert Rinder had been among the many Strictly Come Dancing stars in attendance at Tuesday’s efficiency.
Their presence, although, was not sufficient to make Asher think about showing on the BBC’s common competitors.
“I’ve very flatteringly been requested many instances to do Strictly however it’s not for me,” the 70-year-old revealed.
“The probabilities of me injuring myself are so nice I feel I am going to depart it to others. I am too outdated!”
Leslie Caron, who appeared with Kelly within the 1951 movie, was additionally among the many viewers.
Cope likened the veteran actress to a “fairy godmother” who had given her some “fantastic recommendation”.
La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, received six Oscars final month.