Dan Messé, Craig Lucas and Nathan Tysen Adapting "Amélie" as Stage Musical; Pam MacKinnon at the Helm
22 Aug 2013
Composer Dan Messé, who penned music for the Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night with his Brooklyn-based folk-rock band Hem, is at work adapting the Academy Award-nominated 2001 film "Amélie" for the stage.
Messé first revealed the news on the official Facebook page for Hem, stating, "So not the best kept secret, but still I'm happy to announce that I've been commissioned to adapt the film 'Amélie' for Broadway. The creative team includes Craig Lucas (book) and Nathan Tysen (co-lyrics). Can't wait to share it with you!"
Playbill.com has also learned that Tony Award-winning director Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park) is directing with the inventive modern dance troupe Pilobolus choreographing.
Tysen is the lyricist of the Broadway-aimed Tuck Everlasting as well as Fugitive Songs.
An album preserving Hem's score for Twelfth Night, featuring Anne Hathaway ("Rachel Getting Married"), Raúl Esparza (Company, Speed-the-Plow) and Audra McDonald (110 in the Shade, Master Class, Ragtime), was released in 2009.
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