Amélie Musical, With "Les Miz" Film Star Samantha Barks, Opens Tonight

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The world-premiere musical Amélie, based on the imaginative Academy Award-nominated quirky French film of the same title, officially opens Sept. 11 at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it has been in previews since Aug. 29.

The new musical starring Samantha Barks (Eponine in the film adaptation of Les Misérables) was slated to premiere Aug. 28. A technical delay forced the creative team to postpone the first preview.

It is directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

First Look: Amélie, A New Musical from Berkeley Repertory Theatre on Vimeo.

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).

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."

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

Here is an earlier video clip from the production:

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