Amélie, A New Musical, based on the Academy Award-winning 2001 French film Amélie, opens its Los Angeles tryout at the Ahmanson Theatre December 16, for a run through January 15, 2017. L.A. previews began December 4.
The stage musical Amélie has a libretto 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.
Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs.
Amélie follows the whimsical and charming existence of Amélie, a lonely French waitress who decides to act as a secret wish-fulfiller to the people who live around her.
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First Look at Phillipa Soo in Amélie
Tickets are now also on sale to the general public for the Broadway production, which will begin previews March 9, 2017, and open April 3 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Tickets, which range $49.50-$169.50 (including $2 facility fee), can be ordered via Ticketmaster at (877) 250-2929.
Phillipa Soo, who wowed audiences in the original Off-Broadway run of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and earned a Tony nomination as Best Actress in a Musical for her Broadway debut as Eliza Schuyler in Hamilton, plays the title role, Amélie Poulain. Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal) plays her leading man.
Among Broadway veterans who are aboard for the L.A. tryout are Manoel Felciano (Disaster!), Emily Afton, Alyse Alan Louis, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Harriett D. Foy, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Tony Sheldon, Jacob Keith Watson, and Paul Whitty.
Soo played her final performance in Hamilton July 9, the same date as creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. She also supplied the voice for one of the characters in the Miranda-scored Disney film Moana, which opened November 23.
MacKinnon also directed the 2015 world premiere of Amélie at Berkeley Repertory Theatre that starred Les Misérables film actress Samantha Barks in the title role. Read reviews here. The show has musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812).
Amélie, A New Musical has scenic and costume design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, co-lighting design by Tony Award nominee Jane Cox and Mark Barton, sound design by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada, projection design by Drama Desk Award winner Peter Nigrini, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, vocal arrangements by Grigsby and Messé, and orchestrations by Tony Award winner Bruce Coughlin. Casting is by Jim Carnahan, CSA.
Amélie, A New Musical will be produced on Broadway by Harbor Entertainment, Triptyk Studios, and Spencer Ross.