“An American in Paris” was one of the few rays of sunshine on Broadway for the week ending April 19, with an uptick in ticket sales running counter to a soft week for many other shows.
A new musical inspired by the 1951 film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, “An American in Paris” grossed $1.1 million in its first full week of performances, up nearly 40% from the week earlier period when it was still in previews, according to figures provided by the Broadway League.
Attendance was 93% of its theater’s potential capacity.
Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon , the musical opened on April 12 to mostly positive reviews. “An American in Paris” weaves traditional Broadway storytelling with ballet, the dance form in which Mr. Wheeldon has made his career.
For the musical, he brought in ballet stars such as Robert Fairchild of New York City Ballet and Leanne Cope of London’s Royal Ballet to the Broadway stage to tell a love story set in Paris after World War II.
Among other shows opening in the past week, “Finding Neverland” grossed $1 million, a decline from the previous week but still managing to fill the theater, with 98% of its potential capacity.
The show, which opened April 15, is based on the 2004 movie about “Peter Pan” creator J.M. Barrie.
Slow Sales on Broadway – WSJ