The classic Gene Kelly film An American In Paris is to be turned into a stage play.

The 1951 film about an American soldier falling in love in post-war Paris, France, which was inspired by George Gershwin's 1928 orchestral composition of the same name, will premiere in the city late next year (14), with plans to transfer it to Broadway the following year (15).

The show will feature the famous movie's 16-minute ballet sequence featuring Kelly and co-star Lesley Caron, which will be re-imagined by director and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.