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‘An American in Paris’ Coming to UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall

Conway Institute of Music

CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas’s Reynolds Performance Hall will welcome the Tony Award-winning love story “An American in Paris” on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, “An American in Paris” is an all-new musical by Big League Productions. The stage performance tells a timeless love story through iconic music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and gravity-defying choreographed dance.

“An American in Paris” transports the audience to post-war Paris, where romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. Hoping to start a new life, World War II veteran Jerry Mulligan chooses newly-liberated Paris to try and make his mark as a painter. Mulligan’s life becomes complicated when he meets the mysterious Lise, a young Parisian ballet dancer with a haunting secret who, like Mulligan, is yearning for a new beginning.

The winner of four Tony Awards, this production features classic Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “ʼS Wonderful” and others. The New York Times proclaimed this performance “Pure Joy … ‘An American in Paris’ is a triumph!”

“An American in Paris” is directed by Jeffrey B. Moss and choreographed by Bob Richard. The set was designed by Randel Wright with video design by Jon Infante. Lighting is by Kirk Bookman, costumes by Keith Nielsen and casting by Alison Franck.

Tickets are $30-$40 for adults and $10 for children and students. Tickets may be purchased online at uca.edu/Reynolds, at the Reynolds Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling UCA Ticket Central at (501) 450-3265 or toll-free at (866) 810-0012.

Branson Bice as Jerry Mulligan and Bella Muller as Milo Davenport in An American in Paris
Branson Bice as Jerry Mulligan and Bella Muller as Milo Davenport in An American in Paris

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