Get To Know The Music Of An American In Paris
Broadway’s biggest show, An American In Paris, has come to London and to help you get to know this incredible show, here’s a handy to guide to its music and origins.
Through the 1920s and 30s, brothers Ira and George Gershwin created some of America’s most iconic pieces of music. “Rhapsody In Blue” and “The Man That Got Away” which Judy Garland performed in A Star Is Born, are just two of the dozens of pieces that have stood the test of time.
The story of how the Gershwin music influenced the world began in 1928, when George Gershwin created a piece of music called “An American In Paris”. It was described as s symphonic poem and was the original inspiration for the Gene Kelly movie of the same name in 1951. From this single piece of music, a hit new musical has blossomed and grown into a roaring success.
To get you in the mood for seeing An American In Paris, check out a few great songs from the Gershwin brothers that you can hear in the show.
I Got Rhythm
Another Gershwin by Garland performance here with Judy singing it in the musical Girl Crazy, a classic MGM musical from 1943.
“S’Wonderful” was a song first introduced in the Fred Astaire musical Funny Face and then later the movie version, starring Audrey Hepburn alongside Astaire. But it’s hard to argue that Ella Fitzgerald’s version isn’t one of the greatest renditions.
Shall We Dance?
Fred Astaire made another Gershwin song famous in the 1937 film Shall We Dance?, one of the many movies he made with the legendary Ginger Rogers.
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