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An American in Paris with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron

Wed, January 31 @ 7:00 pm

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Choosing to stay in Paris after the war to pursue his dreams as a painter, ex-GI Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) falls in love with the lovely Parisian shop girl Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron), only to discover that both he and she have personal obligations to others that complicate their budding romance. The sweeping score by George and Ira Gershwin, including “Embraceable You” and “I’ve Got Rhythm,” as well as the brilliant ballet sequence set to one of Gershwin’s greatest orchestral works, helped earn the film six Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Easter Parade (1948) with Fred Astaire & Judy Garland March 14

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When his dance partner leaves him, Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) declares he could dance with anyone and chooses the inexperienced Hannah (Judy Garland). In his unsuccessful attempt to remake her in the image of his former partner, Don not only discovers that Hannah has unique song and dance talents of her own, but that he has fallen in love with her. The Academy Award-winning Best Original Music Score by Irving Berlin features “We’re a Couple of Swells,” “It Only Happens When I Dance with You” and the famous title song, “Easter Parade.”

Singin’in the Rain (1952) with Gene Kelly & Debbie Reynolds May 2

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When his dance partner leaves him, Don Hewes (Fred Astaire) declares he could dance with anyone and chooses the inexperienced Hannah (Judy Garland). In his unsuccessful attempt to remake her in the image of his former partner, Don not only discovers that Hannah has unique song and dance talents of her own, but that he has fallen in love with her. The Academy Award-winning Best Original Music Score by Irving Berlin features “We’re a Couple of Swells,” “It Only Happens When I Dance with You” and the famous title song, “Easter Parade.”

Shall We Dance? (1937) with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers June 6

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Ballet dancer Peter Peters (Fred Astaire) is obsessed with the idea of partnering with tap-dance sensation Linda Keene (Ginger Rogers) and arranges to meet her. Linda is unimpressed with him but their meeting accidently sparks a rumor that they are secretly married. In a publicity stunt designed to quell the story, they make plans to marry and then divorce, only to discover that perhaps they’re happier with each other than without. The score weaves together favorite George and Ira Gershwin songs such as “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” and more.

 

 

Details

Date:
Wed, January 31
Time:
7:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
Phone:
925.373.6800
Email:
websales@lvpac.org
Website:
www.lvpac.org

Venue

Bankhead Theater
2400 First St
Livermore, CA 94551 United States
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