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.
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:
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
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
By Julia Cho
Directed by Liesl Tommy
Begins February 2016
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.