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“An American in Paris,” the new musical at the Community Center Theater, is one of the most dazzling, entertaining pieces of theater in…well, a long, long time.

With music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, it features some of the best tunes in the American songbook, songs such as “The Man I Love,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Shall We Dance” and “But Not for Me,” to name just a few.

Based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name (but with several changes by Craig Lucas, who wrote the musical’s book), “An American in Paris” tells the romantic story of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl in Paris just after the end of World War II. The play is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon — and what wonderful choreography it is. Wheeldon was nominated for best director and best choreography of a musical and won for best choreography. The play also won…

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