In an interview for Playbill On-Line, actress-singer Melissa Errico revealed that she would star in the new Broadway musical Amour (hitherto known as Le Passe Muraille), which is scheduled for a September debut.
A translation of the hit French tuner Le Passe Muraille, the American version will be produced by The Shubert Organization, Jean Doumanian and USA Ostar Theatricals. The French musical featuring music by Michel Legrand has been translated by Jeremy Sams. Original French lyrics were written by Didier van Cauwelaert.
Tony winner James Lapine, who helmed Broadway's Dirty Blonde, Passion, Sunday in the Park with George and both the current and original productions of Into the Woods, will direct. Errico, who will star in the upcoming Kennedy Center production of Sunday in the Park, recently explained to Playbill On-Line how she won her role as Dot in the eagerly awaited Sondheim production: "I did a workshop of [Amour] with James Lapine for the Shuberts this past fall. [Composer] Michel [Legrand] is very good friends with Stephen Sondheim, so Sondheim came to see it, and that's how I got Dot."
According to a recent casting notice, Amour is scheduled to begin previews at Broadway's Music Box Theatre on Sept. 17 with an official opening mid-October. Malcolm Gets, who appeared in the Lincoln Center production of A New Brain, will co-star with Errico. No official press announcement has been made about the show.
Based on a French short story by Marcel Ayme, Amour is set in post World War II Paris and concerns the life of Dutilleul, a civil servant who discovers he has the ability to walk through walls. The French version, Le Passe Muraille, won the Prix Moliere for Best Musical in 1997, the equivalent of the Tony Award. Asked this past January about the show's American plans, Shubert Chairman Gerald Schoenfeld told PBOL, "It's a small musical, estimated in the $3-3.5 million range, but estimates are only that, made before negotiating all the deals." Melissa Errico, who is currently performing at New York's Cafe Carlyle, starred on Broadway opposite Richard Chamberlain in My Fair Lady and made a splash in the City Center Encores! production of One Touch of Venus. She also headlined the short-lived musical High Society and was a series regular on CBS-TV's "Central Park West."
Malcolm Gets received an Obie Award and a Drama Desk nomination for his work in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. His other stage credits include roles in Hello Again, The Molière Comedies, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Juno, Martin Guerre, A New Brain and the City Center Encores! staging of The Boys From Syracuse. Gets also starred on the NBC series "Caroline in the City."
Michel Legrand has composed over 200 film and television scores, including "Lady Sings the Blues," "Wuthering Heights" and "Ice Station Zebra." He has won three Academy Awards, five Grammys and an Emmy nomination, some of his best-known songs include several collaborations with Alan and Marilyn Bergman: "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," "The Windmills of Your Mind" and "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" as well as the score to Barbra Streisand's "Yentl."
Jeremy Sams wrote the book for the current London production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. As a director, his work includes the current Broadway production of Noises Off and the London productions of Schippel the Plumber; Neville's Island; Wild Oats; Marat/Sade; Enter the Guardsman; The Wind in the Willows; Two Pianos Four Hands; Spend, Spend, Spend; and Stephen Sondheim's Passion. His translations include Becket, The Rehearsal, The Miser, Mary Stuart, Les Parents Terribles (on Broadway as Indiscretions) and A Fool and His Money.