Technical Delay Snares First Preview of Amelie Musical

News   Technical Delay Snares First Preview of Amelie Musical
 
Berkeley Repertory Theatre has canceled the planned Aug. 28 preview of Amélie, a new musical based on the Academy Award-nominated quirky French film of the same title, due to a technical delay.

The new musical starring Samantha Barks (Eponine in the film adaptation of Les Misérables) was slated to premiere Aug. 28. Representatives for the production informed Playbill.com that a delay in the delivery of "a technical element" prompted the cancellation of the first performance.

Amélie is now on track to begin Aug. 29. The new musical officially opens Sept. 11. It is directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

Barks as Amélie
Barks as Amélie Photo by Kevin Berne

Amélie 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. 

Samantha Barks Is Perfection in First Playful Promo Shots From Amélie

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."

Barks is joined by Randy Blair (Hipolito), Adam Chanler-Berat (Nino), Alison Cimmet(Amandine/Philomene), Carla Duren (Gina), John Hickok (Raphael/Bretodeaux), Alyse Alan Louis (Georgette/Fluffy/Sylvie) and Paul Whitty (Joseph).

The show has scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Kai Harada, projection design by Peter Nigrini with music direction by Kimberly Grigsby and choreography by Sam Pinkleton.

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

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