Disclosure: AMELIE provided us with media passes. As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences.
When Eddy and I heard that the 2001 five-time Oscar®-nominated film, AMELIE, was being adapted to the Broadway stage we were intrigued. When we heard Tony® nominee Phillipa Soo, the Ms. Soo from HAMILTON was returning to Broadway to be AMÉLIE we added it to our must-see shows of 2017.
So, you can imagine how overjoyed we were to be invited to a AMÉLIE date night!
Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small, but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Come be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection and sees possibility around every corner. In these uncertain times, Amélie is someone to believe in.
Directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), with a book by Pulitzer Prize and Tony nominee Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza) and an original score by Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen, AMÉLIE is a heartwarming comedy that “proves that the world is better when we’re all in it together” (Paste Magazine).
AMELIE the Broadway show had the challenge of bringing the whimsy and Parisian fun from the movie to a small stage and they do a brilliant job! The creative cast made Paris and key moments like the photo book and the traveling gnome come to life. The small cast lead by Ms. Soo and Adam Chandler-Berat are wonderful as they maneuver swinging doors and stairs. But the true stars of the show are composers Daniel Messé and Nathan Tysen. If you recall the original French film was not a musical and all the original songs not only add to the story but add an element of magic to the storytelling.
My favorite song had to be:
Better Haircut – Amélie the Musical
Stay – Amélie the Musical
The theater and stage are relatively small considering what we usually expect from a Broadway show, but that means you are basically right up there with the cast and crew which makes the experience that much more exciting. The show also pushes the story in a different direction from the movie, leaving out some scenes while adding new details and backstory that flesh out Amelie’s background and family life.
In the end, while the movie is a tough act to follow considering how well written and quirky the characters are as well as the beauty of Paris, the show is able to pull it off in their own special way by using the cast and songs which separates itself from the movie will keeping the same whimsical feel.
Currently in performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre at 219 West 48th Street with ticket prices starting at $49.50, why not have your own joyful Broadway night out! Visit http://ameliebroadway.com for show times, more details and to purchase tickets.
Thank you AMÉLIE for a truly entertaining night on Broadway.