I did ballet for the majority of my childhood, before quitting for a couple of years and then starting again when I was 16 for a year or so. Watching this show made me realise how talented and dedicated these dancers really are…and to be able to sing and act too? It made me jealous.
Quickly and without giving too much away, the musical follows the same story as the 1951 film of the same name which starred Gene Kelly. A WW2 veteran named Jerry decides to stay in Paris, in order to become a famous painter, rather than returning back to America. Whilst at the train station he bumps into Lise, a young French dancer (they have an immediate connection but Lise quickly runs away). He then stumbles across a restaurant and finds a fellow American named Adam. He’s a musician who is currently composing music for a local ballet school. He is then also introduced to a young French man named Henri who has hopes to become a famous nightclub singer and to move to the USA. The Three men soon become the ‘Three Muskateers’.
I went into the performance not knowing what to expect, I hadn’t watched the film and had absolutely no idea of what it was even about (Maybe about American people in Paris?). For some reason I thought it was something to do with LA LA Land as the visuals and posters are very similar… but no. I feel this was a good thing as it meant I had no expectations and could just watch and enjoy the show without any comparisons.