Amélie, A New Musical, based on the Academy Award-winning 2001 French film Amélie, will begin previews on Broadway March 9, 2017, and open April 3 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Phillipa Soo, who wowed audiences in the original Off-Broadway run of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and earned a Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for her Broadway debut as Eliza Schuyler in Hamilton, plays the title role, Amélie Poulain. Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal) will play her leading man.
Amélie follows the whimsical and charming existence of Amélie, a lonely French waitress who decides to act as a secret wish-fulfiller to the people who live around her.
The show is scheduled for a Los Angeles tryout at the Ahmanson Theatre December 4-January 15, 2017. The L.A. opening night will be December 16.
Among Broadway veterans who have been announced for the L.A. tryout are Manoel Felciano (Disaster!), Emily Afton, Alyse Alan Louis, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Harriett D. Foy, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Tony Sheldon, Jacob Keith Watson, and Paul Whitty.
Audience Rewards pre-sale begins at 10 AM November 22.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 AM November 28 via Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929.
Tickets range $49.50 - $169.50 (including $2 facility fee).
Soo played her final performance in Hamilton July 9, the same date as creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. She also supplied the voice for one of the characters in the Miranda-scored Disney film Moana, opening November 23.
The stage musical Amélie has a libretto by Craig Lucas (An American in Paris, Prelude to a Kiss), and features music by Daniel Messé with lyrics by Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys, Tuck Everlasting), and Messé.
Tony-winning director Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), who directed the 2015 world premiere of Amélie at Berkeley Repertory Theatre that starred Les Misérables film actress Samantha Barks in the title role, will recreate her work on Broadway. Read reviews here. The show will have musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812).
Soo originated the role of Amélie in workshop productions of the musical. After graduating from The Juilliard School in 2012, Soo was cast as Natasha Rostova in the Ars Nova production of Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812, based on Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace; the show went on to transfer Off-Broadway to Kazino. (The musical opened on Broadway November 14 with Denée Benton in Soo’s role.) Previously on the small screen, Soo appeared on the NBC television series Smash in the role of Lexi.
Amélie, A New Musical will have scenic and costume design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, co-lighting design by Tony Award nominee Jane Cox and Mark Barton, sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, vocal arrangements by Grigsby and Messé, and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin.
Amélie, A New Musical is produced on Broadway by Harbor Entertainment, Triptyk Studios, and Spencer Ross.