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A Hollywood classic, back where it belongs: 'An American in Paris' at the Pantages

A Hollywood classic, back where it belongs: 'An American in Paris' at the Pantages

Call it a joyous homecoming. The national tour of Broadway’s “An American in Paris” has opened at the Hollywood Pantages, returning the story, characters and George Gershwin music to the theater where the 1951 film version won the Oscar for best picture. The stage show runs for three weeks here before moving to Orange County.

As at many homecomings, the players in this 2015 adaption have changed in unexpected ways. They still tell the story of a soldier who stays in France after World War II to become a painter and of his love for an enigmatic gamine. But Craig Lucas’ book now grounds that story in the turbulent and sometimes horrific aftermath of the war, giving all of the...

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