The Temptations of Paris

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A touring production of 'An American in Paris' comes to San Francisco with a ballet choreographer in charge (Photo: Matthew Murphy/SHN)

Sept. 12–Oct. 8: An American in Paris is among the best movies of all time, a prime example of the golden age of the MGM musical. It features great Gershwin tunes, terrific dancing by Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron (Kelly did the choreography), and the acid wit of Oscar Levant. So why mess it up with a stage version? But there's promise in the vision of playwright Craig Lucas and director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, who often choreographs for SF Ballet and other companies. The show won over critics in New York, and this touring production (presented here by SHN) could be a winner. Details here.