"Les Miz" Star Samantha Barks Will Lead Musical Adaptation of "Amélie"

News   "Les Miz" Star Samantha Barks Will Lead Musical Adaptation of "Amélie"
 
Samantha Barks, who played the ill-fated Eponine in the film adaptation of Les Misérables, will star in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's world-premiere musical adaptation of Amélie, which is based on the Academy Award-nominated film and will be directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon, Playbill.com has learned.

Barks, whose U.K. credits include Les Miz, City of Angels, Cabaret, Oliver! and Chicago, led a recent workshop of the musical adaptation, which will be part of Berkeley's 48th season.

Amélie, directed by MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), is written 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.

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Here's how Berkeley Rep bills the new musical: "Embark on a mesmerizing journey with inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her."

Productions scheduled for Berkeley's season follow:

Amélie
Roda Theatre World Premiere
Book by Craig Lucas
Music by Daniel Messé
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé
Musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby
Choreographed by Sam Pinkleton
Directed by Pam MacKinnon
Begins August 2015 The Hypocrites' Pirates of Penzance
Osher Studio
Book by W. S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Directed and adapted by Sean Graney
Co-adapted by Kevin O'Donnell
Co-directed by Thrisa Hodits
Music direction by Andra Velis Simon
Begins October 2015

Disgraced
Roda Theatre
West Coast premiere
By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Kimberly Senior
Begins November 2015

Macbeth
Roda Theatre
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Begins February 2016

Aubergine
Thrust Stage
World premiere
By Julia Cho
Directed by Liesl Tommy
Begins February 2016

Treasure Island
Thrust Stage
Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted and directed by Mary Zimmerman
Co-production with Lookingglass Theatre Company Begins April 2016

An additional production will be announced at a later date.

For more information, call (510) 647-2949 or visit BerkeleyRep.org.

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