The Verdict: Critics Review Samantha Barks in Amélie Musical

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review Samantha Barks in Amélie Musical The world-premiere musical Amélie, based on the imaginative Academy Award-nominated French film of the same title, officially opened Sept. 11 at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Samantha Barks in Amelie
Samantha Barks in Amelie Kevin Berne

The new musical starring Samantha Barks (Eponine in the film adaptation of Les Misérables) is directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

Barks is joined by David Andino (Blind Beggar/Garden Gnome), Randy Blair (Hipoloto), Adam Chanler-Berat (Nino), Alison Cimmet (Amandine/Philomene), Savvy Crawford (Young Amélie), Carla Duren (Gina), John Hickok (Raphael/Bretodeaux), Alyse Alan Louis (Georgette), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Suzanne), Tony Sheldon (Dufayel/Collignon), Perry Sherman (Lucien), Paul Whitty (Joseph), Shannon O’Boyle (Swing) and Jacob Keith Watson (Swing).

The critics have filed their reviews, and Playbill.com has collected them for our readers. Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

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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. 

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."

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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