1:33pm PT by Chris Gardner
Center Theatre Group's 'Amelie, A New Musical' Rounds Out Cast
Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group is ready to say bonjour to Amélie.
The cast is set for the production of Amélie, A New Musical at CTG's Ahmanson Theatre, opening in previews on Dec. 4, with its official opening set for Dec. 16. The limited run will continue through Jan. 15, 2017, before it heads east to the Great White Way. A Broadway premiere is expected in early 2017, and details of that production, including venue and dates, are expected to be announced in coming weeks.
As previously announced, Phillipa Soo, a Tony Award nominee for her work as Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton, will topline as the title character. Joining her will be, in alphabetical order, Emily Afton, Alyse Alan Louis, David Andino, Randy Blair, Heath Calvert, Adam Chanler-Berat, Alison Cimmet, Savvy Crawford, Manoel Felciano, Harriett D. Foy, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Tony Sheldon, Jacob Keith Watson and Paul Whitty.
Amélie, A New Musical is based on the 2001 French film starring Audrey Tautou and written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant. According to a release from CTG, the musical follows "the mesmerizing journey of the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie, who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own."
The musical is directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), with a book by three-time Tony nominee Craig Lucas (An American in Paris), music by Daniel Messé (Hem), lyrics by Nathan Tysen (The Burnt Part Boys) and Daniel Messé, musical staging and choreography by Sam Pinkleton, musical direction by Kimberly Grigsby, vocal arrangements by Kimberly Grigsby and Daniel Messé and orchestrations by Tony winner Bruce Coughlin.
Other creative talent on the project includes scenic and costume design by Tony winner David Zinn, co-lighting design by Tony nominee Jane Cox and Mark Barton, sound design by Tony nominee Kai Harada and projection design by Drama Desk Award-winner Peter Nigrini.
Amélie comes to L.A. following a critically acclaimed world premiere in 2015 at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. More information about the show can be found here.