Europe Breaking into song: How France is tapping its toes to American musicals (+video)

'American in Paris,' a musical adaptation of a 1951 film, has its official world premiere tonight in France before transferring to Broadway next spring. 

By , Staff writer

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The French have long looked down on musical theater, a staple of American culture, dismissing it as corny, over-the-top, or simply “too American,” as one historian puts it.