The classic American film, An American in Paris, is a major Broadway musical. The new stage musical, which, just like the film, features a score by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, has a book by Craig Lucas (Tony Award nomination for the book of Light in the Piazza). The show is choreographed and directed by Olivier Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, who well known known as a classically trained choreographer. An American in Paris tells the story of Jerry Mulligan, an American painter living in post-World War II France. The film is well known for its choreographic style, which is an amalgam primarily of ballet and jazz.