What Do Critics Think of the Broadway-Bound Amélie?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of the Broadway-Bound Amélie?
Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo stars as the quirky Parisian in the new musical adaptation.
Adam Chanler-Berat and Phillipa Soo Joan Marcus

Amélie, A New Musical, based on the Academy Award-winning 2001 French film Amélie, opened its Los Angeles tryout at the Ahmanson Theatre December 16 ahead of its scheduled spring Broadway debut. Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo stars as Amelie, a Parisian waitress who makes it her secret mission to bring joy to the people around her.

Previews in L.A. began December 4 for a run scheduled to play through January 15, 2017.

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; the show has musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812).

The cast also includes Adam Chanler-Berat, Manoel Felciano, 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.

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. The Broadway production is set to begin previews March 9, 2017, and open April 3 at the Walter Kerr Theatre with Soo and Chanler-Berat confirmed to star.

Read reviews for the L.A. tryout below:

The Los Angeles Times (Charles McNulty)
Stage and Cinema (Tony Frankel)

Playbill.com will continue to update our list as the reviews come in.

Scroll through production photos below:

Amélie, A New Musical will be produced on Broadway by Harbor Entertainment, Triptyk Studios, and Spencer Ross.

Visit ameliebroadway.com.


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