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Then there’s Henri (Bay Area native Nick Spangler), the dapper heir to a textile throne who longs to be in show business. And that’s not the only desire he must hide from his parents. Book writer Craig Lucas (“Light in the Piazza,” “Prelude to a Kiss,”) lightens the sentimentality of the story with a postmodern sensibility that’s almost as graceful as the jetes. To be sure, this musical has imperfections. The first act drags a bit and the central love affair lacks fire.

The tartly witty Spangler steals every scene he’s in as the debonair Frenchman, and Brower is so tender and vulnerable as Adam it’s hard not to root for him, Maddox, meanwhile, seems too bland white satin ballet shoes to be the man of Lise’s dreams, But those are quibbles given the genuinely uplifting power of this production, It’s a hopelessly romantic diversion from a world all too often beleaguered by darkness, Book by Craig Lucas, music by George Gershwin, direction and choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, based on the 1951 movie..

So, what are you doing this weekend? Here are a baker’s dozen of cool things to do in the Bay Area Sept. 14-16 (and beyond). Swoon-worthy ‘American in Paris opens tour in San Francisco: You could do a heck of a lot worse for source material for a stage musical than “An American in Paris,” the Oscar-winning song-and-dance romance set in post-World War II Paris. Of course, the movie had Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron as the romantic leads — not exactly easy shoes to fill. But what the 2015 musical has going for it is Christopher Wheeldon, the famed dancer and choreographer who won a Tony Award for his work bringing “An American in Paris” to the stage. Now a touring production of the hit show has landed at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre, featuring Wheeldon’s dazzling choreography and those amazing Gershwin tunes, including “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” and “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise.” We dare you not to fall in love. Details: Through Oct. 8; $45-$214 (prices subject to change); 888-746-1799, www.shnsf.com. Our review of the production is here.— Randy McMullen, Staff.

Two nights with Florida Georgia Line: Florida Georgia Line, the country music act consisting of vocalists Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, certainly got off to a fast start, The duo’s very first single, 2012’s “Cruise,” was downloaded more than 7 million times and spent a staggering 24 weeks atop the charts, Having notched several more hits white satin ballet shoes since then, Florida Georgia Line performs Sept, 15 at Concord Pavilion and Sept, 16 at Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View, Nelly, Chris Lane and Russell Dickerson are also on the bill, Details: 7 p.m, both shows; $31.25-$80.75; www.livenation.com.— Jim Harrington, Staff..

From Colombia, with love: A strange and beautiful hybrid from the verdant Bogotá music scene, the Colombian band Monsieur Periné combines a passion for Django Reinhardt-inspired Gypsy jazz with Gallic flavor and Afro-Caribbean grooves. Founded by vocalist Catalina García, the group has steadily evolved over the past decade, and its latest incarnation won a best new artist Latin Grammy on the strength of the 2015 album “Caja de Música,” which was produced by Calle 13’s Eduardo Cabra (aka Visitante). Featuring guitarist Nicolás Junca and Santiago Prieto on charango, violin, and guitar, the string-powered combo comes to Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Sept. 15. (They also perform Sept. 16 afternoon at the Monterey Jazz Festival, www.montereyjazzfestival.org; see a preview here). Details: 8 p.m. Friday; $26-$30; 510-644-2020, thefreight.org.— Andrew Gilbert, Correspondent.

San Jose rock royalty: Want to catch one of best San Jose rock bands of all time? Then make plans to see the Odd Numbers on Sept, 15 at the Ritz, in the band’s hometown, The Numbers are still going strong after nearly 30 years of making solid garage/punk/pop-rock tunes, which should appeal to fans of The Jam and other mod favorites, The band is celebrating the release of its white satin ballet shoes long-overdue new studio album, the cleverly titled “The Oddyssey,” which is one of its finest offerings to date, Details: 8 p.m.; this is  21-and-over show; $10; theritzsanjose.com.— Jim Harrington, Staff..

Renaissance Faire draws nigh: Princesses and peasants alike will make merrie in a San Benito County glen on weekends through Oct. 15 at the Northern California Renaissance Faire. There’s pageantry, jousting, period games, dancing, concerts and theme weekends (pirate, fantasy, Oktoberfest, heroes/warriors). Details: Find the glen at Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass Highway, Hollister; admission deal for opening weekend, $18 tickets online only; regular admission is $28, $40 for weekend pass. Find more information as well as other ticket packages at www.norcalrenfaire.com.— Linda Zavoral, Staff.

Pacific Chamber Orchestra turns 29: Under music director Lawrence Kohl, the Pacific Chamber Orchestra has explored a wide range of music from the Classical and Romantic eras, In this week’s program, titled “Poetry in Motion,” Kohl launches the ensemble’s 29th season with the Overture to Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio,” Schubert’s Symphony No, 1 in D Major and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No, 4 in G Major, with Natsuki Fukasawa as soloist. Details: 7:30 p.m, Sept, 16 at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, Lafayette; 2 p.m, Sept, 17 white satin ballet shoes at Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $10-$59; children accompanied by adult ticket holders admitted free; www.pacificchamberorchestra.org.— Georgia Rowe, Correspondent..

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