AMÉLIE TAKES STAGE AT THE AHMANSON
BY RYAN M. LUÉVANO
Pulling from cinema stockpile from abroad , American producers have deemed the 2001 film Amélie as a story worth taking to the musical stage , and not just any stage—Broadway is imminent. After the tryout at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles , the show is slotted for an opening on April 3 , 2017 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
The creative team behind this new musical: Dan Messé , music; Nathan Tyson , lyrics; Craig Lucas , book; and Pam MacKinnon , director , have worked tirelessly since the world premiere in September 2015 by Berkeley Repertory Theatre to get Amélie to the next step. Together with assistance from the Center Theatre Group they've generated quite the buzz about this new musical that stars the beloved Phillipa Soo (fresh off the heels of Hamilton)—the question is: will buzz and a big name be enough for longevity on the Great White Way?