The world-premiere stage musical Amélie, based on the Academy Award-winning 2001 French film, ends its extended run Oct. 18 at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
The new musical, which stars "Les Misérables" film actress Samantha Barks in the title role, officially opened Sept. 11. Read reviews here.
The New York Post recently reported that producers Tara Smith and Aaron Harnick (who is attached to the CA premiere), along with Triptyck Studios and SBR Productions, are currently exploring potential theatres for a spring Broadway arrival for the musical.
It 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).
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."
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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. Orchestrations are by Bruce Coughlin.